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The Abacos! In Every Issue

Visitors’ Services ................................10 Ferry Schedule....................................10 Calendar of Events..............................12 Things to do.......................................20 Diving................................................28 Marina Information..............................34 Where to dine.....................................40 Where to shop....................................42 Where to stay.....................................50 Map of Marsh Harbour.........................52 General Information............................64

Features

Elbow Reef Lightstation.......................14 Artists Unleashed................................16 Cover Credits Ashrica Gardiner “Fun at Coco Beach GTC”

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elcome to Abaco! In the first few pages of Destination Abaco you will find useful information that will help you maximize your vacation, such as activities, top beaches to visit, a map, important phone numbers and more. You can also find all this information online at www.destinationabaco.net. There is nothing like being out on a boat on the Sea of Abaco. Whether you are relaxing on a yacht, deep sea fishing in the Atlantic Ocean or cruising on a peaceful sailboat, being on the water never gets old. With our beautiful beaches, incredible romantic settings, there is no surprise what number of destination weddings happen in Abaco. Visit and explore the famous candy-striped lighthouse that has evolved for centuries - read along in this feature on its basic history and facts on the efforts to preserve the history. The beaches and the weather, the natives, the colors, the flavors, the culture, the sunsets and the full moon parties - Abaco really is an ideal place for a dream destination, for every dream and every taste and every budget. Welcome to one of the islands of the Bahamas - it just keeps getting better.

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Meet the Writers

Canishka Alexander

Publisher - Ruth Saunders - Execuprint Ltd. Contributing Writers Canishka Alexander, Kristen Pearce Annie Potts - Elbow Reef Lighthouse Preservation Photography Charmaine Albury, Rhonda Pearce Blair Saunders, Canishka Alexander Melanie Leneghan, Olivia Patterson Maura Sales, Marketing and Research Blair Saunders, Kia Philips Tel (242) 367-3202 or 357-6836 US (305) 394-8274 Fax (242) 367-3201 P.O.Box AB-20968, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, The Bahamas http://www.destinationabaco.net Email:destinationabaco@gmail.com Editorial:rudiecs@gmail.com Destination Abaco is published bi-annually by Execuprint Ltd. ©Copyright 2017 by Execuprint Ltd.

Destination Abaco is distributed free of charge to all visitors. You can locate a copy at airports in Abaco, Nassau and Freeport, all ferry offices and throughout businesses in Abaco. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission of the publisher is prohibited. Destination Abaco Destination

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is a graduate of Abilene Christian University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. Presently, she is a full-time reporter at The Abaconian newspaper, and she also does freelance writing for local, national and international magazines. She has always had a passion for writing from an early age, and has a knack for instantly connecting with people from all walks of life. One of her greatest accomplishments, however, is being a mother to her four children: Nic-Connor, Shaleon, Xatia and Carlaia.

Kristen Pearce

graduated from Valdosta State University in 2007 with a degree in English. After moving back to Abaco, she is using her degree to write part time for various magazines and newspapers. In recent years, Kristen has begun pursuing a career in health and fitness. She is a certified fitness instructor in several group fitness classes, and runs her own fitness classes throughout the week in Abaco.


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The Islands Of The Bahamas, located just 50 miles southeast of Florida, are comprised of a constellation of island gems. One of the most alluring of our island groupings are the Abaco Islands and Cays. Welcome to the Abacos. The Abacos are an excellent choice of destination for your well-deserved escape from the daily routine. Here you will find seclusion, with the most up-to-date amenities at hand. The varied experiences to be savored in the Abacos will satisfy the most fastidious tastes. All visitors to the Abacos come with the pre-conceived idea of miles-long, powder-soft white sand beaches, and they are never disappointed. One of the world’s top ten beaches is located right here in the Abacos, at Treasure Cay, and there are many others just like it throughout our islands and cays. Multiple islands and cays, with sheltered harbors and tranquil coves and translucent seas teeming with fish of all sizes make the Abacos a paradise for boaters and anglers. On land, visitors can explore the charming colonial towns of Green Turtle Cay and Elbow Cay; linger at art museums; climb the candy-striped Elbow Cay Lighthouse, one of the world’s few remaining hand operated lighthouses; shop for artisanal souvenirs at craft markets; tee off at the Treasure Cay Golf Course; take a day trip by boat for a beach picnic on a nearby cay or sign up for a birdwatching excursion. Be sure to check the Abaco calendar of events. Your visit is likely to coincide with one of our island’s many fishing tournaments, sailing regattas, homecomings or community festivals. The Abacos are a stone’s throw from South Florida and daily flights from the sunshine state make getting to the Abacos easy and hassle free. In the Abacos, there’s lots to see, do and experience. You can take it all in or simply relax and do nothing. The Abaco Destination Guide you have in your hand will prove to be a reliable friend in helping you to design the kind of experiences you want to enjoy in our islands. Whether you’re a first time visitor, a serial visitor or a second home owner, there’s one thing that the Abacos can guarantee you: that special feeling of knowing that you are welcome and appreciated. That one-of-a-kind hospitality is part of the reason we often boast, “It’s Better In The Bahamas”.

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Hon. Obediah H. Wilchcombe, MP Minister of Tourism Commonwealth of The Bahamas

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Visitor’s Services

Airline & Charter Services

American Airlines / American Eagle  US Reservations..........1-800-433-7300 Air Gate Aviation (MH)...............367-3636 Reservations.............. 1-386-478-0600 Air Flight Inc Charters......... 954-359-0320 Bahamasair Marsh Harbour Airport..........367-2095 Nassau......................... 242-300-8359 Boomerang........................ 904-404-8108 Cherokee Air Ltd. Aviation.......................... 367-1900 Delta Airlines.................. 1-800-221-1212 Flamingo Air..............699-0312/351-4963 Fly The Whale..................... 1-212-221-1203

IBC Airways ...................... 954-848-2300 Island Wings...................... 954-274-6214 Privaira Charter............... 1-844-778-2472 Silver Airways Marsh Harbour Airport..........367-3415 Treasure Cay Airport.............365-8615 US Reservations......... 1-800-231-0856 Sky Bahamas............................367-0996 Reservations.............. 1-242-225-4460 Sky Limo........................... 954-651-6376 Western Air...............................367-3722

Banking & ATMs

Commonwealth Bank....... 367-2370 - ATM CIBC First Caribbean Int’l Bank Marsh Harbour........... 367-2166 - ATM Royal Bank of Canada Marsh Harbour........... 367-2420 - ATM Treasure Cay............. 365-8119 - ATM Scotiabank (Bah) Ltd....... 367-2141 - ATM Fidelity (MH).............................367-3135 Maxwell’s Food Store (MH) ........367-2601

Directory Assistance

US & CANADA..... 1-(Area Code)-555-1212

Embassies/Consulates

United States Embassy.... 1-242-322-1181 ................................. 1-888-407-4747 Canadian Consulate......... 1-613-232-1724

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For further information contact the local tourism office at 699-0152

Emergency Services ‘919’

Royal Bahamas Police Force.......367-2560 Emergency Medical Services.......367-2911 MHV Fire & Rescue (MH)...........367-2000. TC Fire Department (TC)...........365-8919 GTC Fire Department (GTC).......365-4019 Bah Air Sea Rescue Assoc..........366-0282

Long Distance Services

AT&T USA Direct............. 1-800-331-0550 Canada Operator............. 1-800-463-0501 MCI Customers............... 1-800-955-0925 Sprint Customers............. 1-800-866-7509 UK Operator.................... 1-800-389-4444

Medical Services

Abaco Family Medicine...............367-2295 Abaco Medi-Center....................367-7999 Auskell Advance Medical............367-0020 Chiropractor - Dr. Lewis.............367-0020 Corbett Medical Center..............365-8288 Integrated Medical Center...........367-1304 Health Therapeutic Massage.......375-8416 Contineo Massage - Sheryl.........436-0043 Satori Massage, Yoga................367-3591 Government Clinics Marsh Harbour......................367-2510 Cooper's Town......................365-0300 Green Turtle Cay...................365-4028 Hope Town...........................366-0108 Sandy Point..........................366-4010 The Kidney Center.....................367-3310 Marsh Harbour Medical..............367-0050 Out Island Chiropractor.............367-2584 Agape Family Dental Centre.......367-4355 Diamente Dental Clinic..............367-4968

G & L Transportation

Travel Agencies

Ferry Service to Hope Town Man-O- War Cay Guana Cay / Scottland Cay

A & W Travel Agency .................367-2806 Diamond Travel..........367-0097/225-9014

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Ministry of Tourism............ 699-0152 People-to-People.......................367-3067 Chamber of Commerce..............367-6279 Post Office................................699-0243 Administrator’s Office................699-0000

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Calendar of Events by Melanie Leneghan

July

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40th Regatta Time In Abaco

Contact (242) 367-3202 Ruth Saunders The Regatta Time sailing event is hosted between the American and Bahamian Independence celebrations linking both important commemorations. This event that involves primarily American sloops bringing dozens of sailing enthusiasts to the Abacos for a fun-filled and exciting racing series beginning in Green Turtle Cay and ending in Hope Town. Opening this sailing event is the famous Cheeseburger in Paradise Party that is hosted this year by the Green Turtle Community. www.regattatimeinabaco.com

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Bahamas Independence Celebrations, Marsh Harbour

Contact (242) 699-0000 Administration’s Office The Bahamas will celebrate 42 years as an independent nation. Events are planned across the Abacos in commemoration of this significant event in the life of our nation.

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4th Annual Pink Rose Ball, Marsh Harbour

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Contact (242) 367-3067 Melinda Pinder As a Breast Cancer Prevention Fundraiser, the event features a cocktail reception where guests walk the Pink Carpet in formal attire and are photographed like the celebrities they are. The event is complemented by a silent auction and classical music is provided by a pianist and saxophone player as those in attendance mingle and dine. Last year, the Pink Rose Ball raised $15,000, and the funds were presented to the Abaco Cancer Society. Please show your support this year at Great Abaco Beach Resort and Boat Harbour Marina.

Barefoot Man Concert, Guana Cay

Contact (242) 365-5111 Nipper’s Bar and Grill Free summer outdoor concert at Nipper’s Beach Bar & Grill featuring the distinctive and enjoyable sounds of the Barefoot Man. The concert is known to attract a huge crowd of devoted fans and concert goers who are seeking a good time under the sun.

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August

3rd Annual Schooner Bay E-Class Invitational Schooner Bay, South Abaco

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Annual Guy Fawkes & Bonfire Celebrations, Green Turtle Cay, Abaco

Contact (242) 366-2048 Schooner Bay The 2014 E-Class sailing invitational will take place in the harbor village of Schooner Bay. This competitive, friendly and fun weekend will not only highlight our rich sailing tradition, but will also show-off the craft of sculling, Bahamian music and many native dishes. The event is sponsored by Bahamian Brewery and Sands Beer.

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Contact (242) 365-4336 Annabelle Cross Featuring the historical Guy Fawkes Competition, where judging of the Best Guy and Dancing of the Guy will be the highlight of the night. Those in attendance will also have the opportunity to feast on delicious Bahamian food & drinks and gather around a huge bonfire with family and friends. Funds raised from this event will assist the Annual Island Roots Heritage Festival held annually the first weekend in May.

October

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Abaco Open Water Swim, Marsh Harbour

5th Annual Kayak Challenge Little Harbour, South Abaco

Contact (242) 367-3067 Abaco Tourist Office Professional and non-professional swimmers of all ages are invited to compete in Abaco’s Annual Open Water Swim Race. The race course is located in the waterway of Marsh Harbour near Albury’s Ferry and is 5K in length. Persons can also sign up to compete in the paddle board and kayak challenge. The post race celebration will include great music, food, drinks and awards.

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Contact (242) 367-2721 Friends of the Environment Paddlers can choose from three courses – 5 miles, 8 miles or 13 miles that will take them through a wild and scenic creek. After racing their course, the competitors are welcomed back with a beach party at Pete’s Pub. Funds raised from the Kayak Challenge will support the Abaco Cancer Society and Friends of the Environment.

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12 noon with Green Turtle Ferry providing transfers from Treasure Cay over to the festivities.

16th Annual Arts & Craft Festival, Elbow Cay, Abaco

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Contact (242) 366-0095 Hope Town Harbour Lodge This annual celebration of arts & crafts is held at the lovely Hope Town Harbour Lodge, where local and international artists display their paintings, jewelry, carvings and other unique creations. While shopping and enjoying the beautiful scenery, one can also satisfy the appetite by sampling an assortment of tasty hors d’oeuvres and sparkling drinks.

Art for the Parks, Marsh Harbour

Contact (242) 367-6310 Bahamas National Trust Embrace the opportunity to view and purchase a wide selection of fine and unusual Bahamian creations at the well organized and attended Arts for the Parks fundraising event that is held at the Abaco Beach Resort Grand Marquee. This year’s event will feature more than 30 Bahamian Artists and Artisans, a Silent Auction, a Bahamian Heritage Lecture Series and Live Entertainment. The event will support Abaco’s six (6) Land and Sea National Parks.

25th

Hope Town Box Cart Derby Elbow Cay, Abaco

Contact (242) 367-3067 Abaco Tourist Office Box carts of all descriptions are designed and constructed by local Elbow Cay contenders and other patrons, in time to participate in the annual ‘Big Hill Box Cart’ challenge and family fun day. Participants can compete in the junior or senior category, which officially begins at 12 noon at the Big Hill race site.

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FRIENDS Reef Ball Abaco Inn, Hope Town

Contact (242) 367-2721 Friends of the Environment The Annual Reef Ball recognizes individuals in an awards ceremony who have played a significant role in the protection and sustainability of their environment. The event also serves as one of the major fundraising event for Friends of the Environment. The funds are raised through a silent and live auction and raffle sales. The event offers a wonderful time with live music, great company and good food.

December

13th Annual Abaco Christmas Festival, Marsh Harbour

Contact (242) 367-3067 Abaco Tourist Office The very popular Christmas Festival is known to kick off the holiday season here in the Abacos by bringing together family and friends from near and far. General holiday activities at the festival will include: early Christmas shopping in the Arts & Crafts Bazaar, a Food Court filled with Bahamian Dishes, performances from Choirs, Quartets, Soloists, Marching and Calypso Bands, a Junkanoo Parade, a Dog Show and other Festive Activities.

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Abaco ‘Love Rush’ Junkanoo Weekend, Marsh Harbour

Contact (242) 367-3067 Abaco Tourist Office This competitive event evokes excitement and passion amongst Bahamians and visitors through the traditional music, costumes and dance that are displayed and paraded by local Junior and Senior Junkanoo groups. The two day event will begin with the school groups and will end with the community groups that are all competing for supremacy on this uniquely Bahamian stage in downtown Marsh Harbour..

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2nd Annual Jingle Jog Color Run Man-O-War Cay, Abaco Contact (242) 577-0494 Amelia Putnam Sands At this fun-filled event, there is a 5k run/walk for adults and a 1k run/walk for kids. The courses are mapped out with beautiful beach and harbor views. There is even a costume contest to help create Christmas Spirit. Every year this event is growing and gaining popularity. Hosted by the MOWY Fitness organization. Transportation is provided from Marsh Harbour and Hope Town. MOWY.org

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February

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4th Annual Songwriter’s Festival Elbow Cay

Contact (242) 366-0145 Firefly Resort For the fourth year in a row, Hope Town will come alive in late February with the sound of music. From February 16th through the 21st, an all-star roster of talented songwriters will converge on a number of different venues in Hope Town to perform original songs for the 4th Annual Patrick Davis Hope Town Songwriters Festival. Hailing from Nashville, TN, headliner Patrick Davis of the talent will not only be performing on opening night, he’s also one of the producers of the entire 6 day festival.

January

New Years’s Junkanoo Parade Green Turtle Cay, Abaco

Contact (242) 367-3067 Abaco Tourist Office Abaco begins the New Year with an explosion of colors, sounds, movements and rhythm through the historic streets of New Plymouth, Green Turtle Cay. The event blends the traditional Junkanoo music with local variants of this community to provide a truly unique experience for residents and locals alike. The celebration kicks off at

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Elbow Reef Lightstation ...

Written by Annie Potts Authour of “Last Lights, The Hand-Wound Lighthouses of the Bahamas.”


It’s Well Worth A Visit

D

ave Gale, founder of the Bahamas Lighthouse Preservation Society has been quoted many times as saying “How could anyone hate a lighthouse!” Thank goodness the rest of the community in Hope Town and Abaco wholeheartedly agree with that statement. But it is an interesting bit of Hope Town’s history that this hasn’t always been the case. The construction of the Elbow Reef Lightstation in the 1860s was thwarted more than once by local residents who saw the new lighthouse’s presence as interfering with their wrecking careers - and rightly so! The lighthouse is strategically placed inshore of Elbow Reef, a dangerously breaking shallow bar just seaward of the Hope Town settlement, and a nasty place for any vessel to find itself. For the more than 150 years since the British first commissioned this candy-striped lighthouse, it has remained an active lightstation, one which can now be visited by local residents and visitors alike. Elsewhere in the Bahamas and throughout the rest of the world; many lighthouses have been closed down, neglected and vandalized. It is through the hard work, undaunted determination, and love of many people that this particular relic of the best of 19th century lighthouse technology remains open and available to all. Many do not realize that the Elbow Reef Lighthouse is in fact the ONLY active handwound, kerosene burning lighthouse in the world. It is also among the few manned lightstations to have been in continuous operation since its original construction. The Elbow Reef Lightstation was engineered by Trinity House, London and until the 1970s was manned and maintained by Great Britain’s Imperial Lighthouse Service. Between 1836-1887, Trinity House built a total of eleven lightstations in The Baha19th century lighthouse technology remains open and available to all. Destination Abaco

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mas and these outposts were crucial for guiding ships safely through the deep channels among the shallow banks of these islands. In 1973, at the time of Bahamian Independence, administration of all the ILS lighthouses became the responsibility of the Bahamas Board of Trade and the Port Department and a systematic program for their automation began. Automation has not been kind to the Bahamian lighthouses. The removal of all personnel and machinery at the remote stations in particular has caused these lighthouses to suffer the continual ravages of wind, rain and man. With the advent of electronic navigation systems such as Loran, Sat Nav and eventually GPS, it is understandable that the critical need for lighthouses as navigational aids has been reassessed. Throughout the world other governments have also found it difficult to bear the expense of maintaining these buildings and have, where possible, transferred the administration of these wonderful structures to private organizations or individuals. Another alternative has been to

Bonefishing in The Bahamas, and Abaco, is rated as the best in the world.

Photo - Unknown - Circa 1940’s

Elbow Reef Lighthouse Society (ERLS)

Hope Town, Abaco, Bahamas www.elbowreeflighthousesociety.com erlsbahamas@gmail.com 242-366-0121 - 242-375-8140

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create public/private partnerships. Sometimes, unfortunately for the lighthouses themselves, none of these arrangements has been possible. For more than 20 years a group of private individuals has assisted the Government of The Bahamas in preserving the maritime heritage which the Imperial Lighthouse Service lighthouses represent. Formerly as the Bahamas Lighthouse Preservation Society and now as the Elbow Reef Lighthouse Society (ERLS), this dedicated group has helped to “Keep The Light On” in Hope Town and lend support to the other Bahamian communities where the Imperial Lighthouse Service lights are located. By raising funds and awareness, overseeing necessary repairs and maintenance, the ERLS implements the wishes of both the Government of The Bahamas and the local community for this manned, non-automated lighthouse.

When You Visit

While the panoramic view from the gallery deck at the top of the lighthouse is phenomenal, there is a unique history that will surround you as soon as you begin your walk from the wharf up towards the top of the tower. Look around you as you walk up the hill. Note what you are seeing but also begin to imagine going back in time. Envision this lightstation as it was in the past…The original lighttower was built in 1864, more than 150 years ago – but it has had two major upgrades since then. The first was in the 1930s when the entire lantern (the glass and metal part of the lighttower) was replaced and the lens turning equipment was installed. The second, in the 1950s, included strengthening the lighttower with nearly 18 inches of concrete applied to the outside of the formerly smooth sided brick building. You can recognize the different surface materials if you look carefully at any of the recesses in the window or door openings. Before you enter the lighthouse notice also the waist high railings that run to the lighttower from the Keepers’ Quarters back porches. Known as ‘hurricane railings’ these aids may help you to imagine yourself as a keeper, during a heavy squall, pulling yourself towards or away from the lighttower in order to do your

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Photo by Lisa Ballard “Keep The Light On” in Hope Town and lend support to the other Bahamian communities where the Imperial Lighthouse Service lights are located.

Bonefish can weigh up to 19 pounds and grow to 35 inches in length. They are silvery in colour with dusky fins, and the bases of their pectoral fins are yellow. Photo by Heather Prosa

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Photo by Heather Prosa

There is no other navigation aid in the entire world that is still regularly operated in this fashion. No electricity. No engine. Powered by man and British ingenuity. Think about it!

work of keeping the light lit and ships safe. As you climb the tower imagine the lonely routine of a lightkeeper’s nightly work. Even with all that Hope Town has become, this is still the case. Higher up, be sure to note the green pressure kerosene tanks you pass as you climb the tower’s 101 steps. These tanks hold the kerosene (top) and air (bottom) that fuel the 100 year-old burner in the watch room two more flights above. The burner and the first-order five bulls-eye Fresnel lens which surround it are above the last publicly accessible area in the lighthouse. This lens is the pride of the Keepers’ and residents of Abaco alike. The lens’s turning mechanism is wound by the Keepers themselves who must crank it manually every two hours throughout each night. Remember: there is no other navigation aid in the entire world that is still regularly operated in this fashion. No electricity. No engine. Powered by man and British ingenuity. Think about it! Each lightstation built under Trinity House’s supervision is unique. However each has an area for landing boats and supplies, two or sometimes three dwellings for keepers, a store room building and a separate oil house, all in addition to the lighttower itself. You are visiting an intact lightstation from which none of the original buildings have been removed. Try to imagine the effort it took to construct or even man this lightstation during the age of sail; before the internal combustion en-

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gine or petroleum based fuels! Before internet, telephone or even radio communication! When it was built, this lightstation on Elbow Cay was remote - remote even from the settlement at Hope Town itself. Try to imagine that. It’s difficult. What surrounds the lightstation has changed in the past 150 years, but there are traditions on its grounds that have remained the same. The Keeper’s Quarters are still occupied by lightkeepers who are employed by the Port Department of the Bahamas. The Keepers still ensure that the lightstation is kept clean and they maintain the machinery that turns the revolving lens. The major difference is that it is now a local organization’s responsibility to manage many of the maintenance and educa-

Photo by Annie Potts


Make the trip to the Elbow Reef Lightstation. You’ll see why we love our lighthouse and what makes it so extra special!

tional aspects at the lightstation. Dave Gale was right—No one can hate a lighthouse. But it takes a village and then some to maintain one! The Elbow Reef Lighthouse Society team is working hard so that the light remains on at the lighthouse in Hope Town and visitors are welcome. Hopefully this will continue for many more years to come.

Note to Repeat Visitors

New on the grounds of the lighstation this year is the information building/gift shoppe which was completed by the Elbow Reef Lighthouse Society in December 2015. It is well worth a visit. Manned by enthusiastic volunteers who can answer many of the mechanical or historical questions you may have, the gift shoppe has a range of lighthouse related items including personalized clothing as well as books and smaller items. Whatever you purchase will directly support the continued preservation of the lightstation as all proceeds from sales fund the lightstation’s ongoing needs. And be sure to buy a copy of UP Keeps the Light On for your children or grandchildren! It was written and illustrated by the students at the Hope Town Primary School as their way of supporting their lighthouse. It is a wonderful factual

fantasy about a school-aged lizard named UP and his adventures being a Keeper at the lighthouse for the night. Make the trip to the Elbow Reef Lightstation - You’ll see why we love our lighthouse and what makes it so extra special!


Things to do

Eco-Adventures

by Olivia Patterson-Maura

Mangroves

Due to the flat land and typically shallow waters, The Bahamas largely consists of wetland ecosystems, making them the most important ecosystem in the country. Wetlands, often referred to as swamps or marshes, are areas that are regularly flooded with salt or fresh water, even though they are sometimes permanently or temporarily dry due to tides or arid seasons. Wetlands can either be coastal or inland. Coastal wetlands are influenced by the tides. The plants found here are very salt tolerant and protect the coastline from storm surges and runoff into the sea. Inland wetlands are cutoff from the sea and are more influenced by rainfall, rivers, or ground water. Mangroves are the trees that can be found in these wetland areas. Worldwide, there are over 50 species of mangroves, four of which can be found in The Bahamas.

Birding

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near Hole-in-the-Wall. Other birds you’ll encounter are the Bahama Yellow-Throat Warbler, Cuban Emerald Hummingbird, Woodpecker, Red-Legged Thrush, OliveCapped Warbler and Flamingos. Abaco National Park - This national park, comprising 22,500 acres in Southern Abaco near Hole-in-the-Wall, has been designated a preservation area by the Bahamas government and is managed by the Bahamas National Trust. Included are 5,000 acres of pine forest – the nesting area and habitat of about 1000 endangered Abaco Parrots. The parrots once lived on as many as seven islands in The Bahamas, but now only exist on Abaco. A similar species is found on Great Inagua. Black Sound Cay National Park, a two-acre mangrove reserve, was established in 1988. It is located on Green Turtle Cay. Although small in size, this national park is an important habitat for waterfowl and other avifauna which winter in the region. The Tilloo Cay Reserve, established in 1990, is an important nesting habitat for seabirds with an approximate size of 11 acres.

Tours

Lucayan Nature Man/ Bird Watching Tours

Enjoy a drive into the Abaco coppice to see the Abaco Parrot, Warblers and other native species of birds. Plus take a ride to the beach to spot some of our beautiful shoreline birds and perhaps collect sea glass. Half day trips begins at 7 am. $95.00 includes a light lunch. Contact Reg Patterson at Tel: 367-2749 or 3673180 - Cell: 477-5953

Captain Plug’s Adventure

Want to travel the Seas of Abaco, visit the local beaches, catch some tropical fish, or go bar hopping on the cays? Stafford Patterson a.k.a. Captain Plug, the owner and operator of Sea Horse Boat Rentals, will guide and assist you, either on board one of his own boats or on your own.


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Stafford has over 40 years experience on the Sea of Abaco, and he guarantees you a fun time. Tel: 366-0023/577-0273

Abaco Neem

Native Bahamian, Nick Miaoulis founded Abaco Neem in 1993. After initially being interested in Neem for timber, he began to realize its health benefits and his vision became more focused on health care. Along with assistance from Albert Albury, Nick was able to establish the Abaco Neem Farm on 120 acres of land near Casuarina Point. Today there are 6,500 Neem trees on the farm, and Abaco Neem’s health care, body care, pet care, and home and garden products are sold all over The Bahamas. The farm is set up to provide tours for any who would like to visit. Please visit www.abaconeem.com to schedule your tour today. Tel: (242) 2251745 or 367-4117.

The Great Abaco Express

The Great Abaco Express owned and operated by Glender Archer-Knowles specializes in eco-friendly tours on the island of Abaco. The tours include birding tours to the Abaco National Park, which encompasses 20,500 acres and is home to a variety of flora and fauna and 65 species of birds including the Bahama Parrot. The Treasure Cay Blue Hole and Treasure Cay Beach - rated in National Geographic’s Top 10 beaches in the world – are also included in the tour. Visits to the Roland Roberts House built in 1840 and Alton Lowe Museum on Green Turtle Cay and the Hope Town Lighthouse, reflect our rich Bahamian history and culture making them some of the island’s most popular destinations. Book your tour today by calling (242)3670020, (242)367-2165 and (242)646-7072 or email: thegreatabacoexpress@yahoo. com.

a British military commander of North America stationed in New York. However, in 1785, a hurricane struck the settlement, and it was later deserted. Archaeologists have uncovered remains of the Loyalist settlement and in September 1983 a bronze plaque was officially unveiled to commemorate the site. Plans are to construct a national monument and tourist attraction here.

Cholera Graveyard

In the 1850s a dark cloud covered the community of Hope Town when residents were exposed to the cholera epidemic. This highly contagious and incurable disease spread rapidly through the community resulting in 100 lives being lost. Although grief stricken by the tragic lost, the community rallied together and assigned a burial site for their loved ones. Today the graveyard remains in existence at its original site, but with no gravestones marking the graves. Preserving this part of their history allows visitors and locals to pay their respect to the lives lost. Visitors can pick up a booklet with information on the location and some historical facts at Vernon’s Grocery in Hope Town.

Loyalist Memorial Sculpture Garden

Carleton Point at Treasure Cay

This spot was the founding settlement of Abaco and is located on the northeast peninsula of what is now Treasure Cay beach. Six hundred American Loyalists, built the settlement in 1783 migrating to The Bahamas because of their allegiance to Great Britain after the American Revolution. It was named Carleton Point after Sir Guy Carleton, 21

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This garden, located not far from the Albert Lowe Museum in Green Turtle Cay, is the brainchild of Alton Lowe and was built with funds raised by the New Plymouth Historical Society. The garden is a monumental tribute to those who played a significant role in the history of Abaco - the Loyalists and their slaves, who despite hard times, survived and made a new life in The Bahamas. The garden contains 24 busts of prominent Bahamians (representing various Bahamian islands), surrounding the lifesize bronze figures of two girls, one black and one white. One child holds a conch shell, an important Bahamian symbol, while the other holds the Union Jack, the flag of Great Britain. Artist James Mastin sculptured the busts and two large figures. The figures represent a new beginning in The Bahamas for the thousands of Loyalists of the American Revolution in 1783.

lighthouse, and old Bahamian architecture by local artists, professional painters and world renowned artists like Walter Bartman of Maryland, Amos Ferguson and Brigitte Bowyer-Carey of Tilloo Cay. The Hummingbird Gallery will soon feature works of pottery and wood carving. The Hummingbird Cottage Art Centre and Gallery is located in Hope Town Harbour on Gillam Street behind the Post Office and is operated by Robbie Bethel, Art Centre Manager. Gallery hours are from Monday to Saturday at 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Phone contact: 3660272.

Museums

The Albert Lowe Museum

Monument to Fishermen

In October of 1988, the community of Cherokee Sound erected a monument dedicated to the Cherokee fishermen and their smacks (locally-made fishing boats). The people of this community once thrived from the fishing industry and distinguished themselves by carrying five sails rather than the usual seven on their fishing smacks. Scripted on the monument is information dating back from the mid 1800’s to the late 1950’s that includes the history of the fishing industry in that community, the names of the fishermen who drowned during a fishing trip, and the names of the smacks operating during that century.

Hummingbird Art Centre and Gallery’s

Hummingbird Art Centre owners, Jim and Christy Young, restored the centre with a vision that it would foster art education in the young and old and inspire the youth to become artists of the future. Abaco’s first destination arts centre, Hummingbird Gallery displays the work of instructors and “spotlight artists,” who participate in the educational workshops and art classes available for adults and children. Paintings feature nature and underwater scenes along with scenes of Hope Town harbour, the Hope Town Destination Abaco

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on Green Turtle Cay charts the history of Abaconians from the Loyalists of the 1780s through the modern-day development of Abaco. It also features handcrafted ship models and paintings by local artists. Once a home, this 150-yearold structure was transformed by artist Alton Lowe in memory of his father. Tel: (242) 365-4094

The Wyannie Malone Historical Museum

in Hope Town exhibits the cay’s history from the 1780s to the present and


Man-O-War’s Heritage Museum

is located on the Queen’s Highway in the heart of the settlement. The recently opened museum holds artifacts, photos and family treasures of yesteryear. The building itself is one of the oldest on the island at 100 plus years. And like all older buildings, it has its challenges. Donations are being accepted for the roof restoration project. Visit www.mowmuseum.com to stay updated on the progress of the museum. You can also “like” them on Facebook.

Johnston’s Bronze Art Foundry

Using a 5000-year-old wax process, Pete Johnston has been specializing in bronze sculptures ever since it was introduced to him by his father, the late Randolph Johnston in 1952. Today both Pete’s and his father’s work are known worldwide and can be seen in such places as the Vatican’s Museum in Rome, Rawson Square in Nassau and many domestic and international art galleries. The foundry is still in operation and remains as the only bronze foundry in The Bahamas. It is tucked away in the unspoiled and secluded location of Little Harbour that also offers a family-owned pub and art gallery. Call them at (242) 577-5487 or 954-3532465 pete@petespub.com

Green Turtle Cay Historic Library Cookhouse

The library began approximately 40 years ago, originally in the GTC post of-

fice, then transferred to the Cookhouse after this building was renovated. Built in the mid 1800s, close to Lowe’s Museum. The cookhouse still retains the original oven. A later sympathic addition was added due to the large amount of books on offer. Apart from books on loan they exchange books, offer an Internet service, puzzles and DVD’s; they have a large children’s section also a book club for teenagers. The library is open 2pm to 5pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9am to 12 noon Saturday and is operated entirely by volunteers. For visitors to Green Turtle Cay this is not only an interesting destination but offers a wonderful all year round service.

Abaco’s Lighthouses Hole-In-The-Wall Lighthouse

was built in 1836, but with its original mechanism dismantled, the lighthouse now has an automated light. Some interested residents hope to restore the beauty of this once proud beacon of light to ships that sailed on our beautiful waters of the Atlantic.

The Elbow Cay Lighthouse

is probably the most recognizable landmark on Abaco. This 89-foot high candystriped edifice was built in 1863 and is one of two hand-wound kerosene-burning lighthouses still operational in the world. It is worth viewing.

Beaches

There are many spectacular stretches of sand here, most notably Treasure Cay Beach’s stunning white sand that was voted one of the 10 best beaches in the world by National Geographic. Tahiti Beach off Elbow Cay, has soft white sand, seven-mile-long Guana Cay Beach has a tall dune, Abaco Beach Resort’s sand is shaded beneath palm trees, and Sandy Point Beach has lots of shells. 23

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is named after the Hope Town founder from South Carolina. The museum is packed with manuscripts, photographs and artifacts. Local pottery and ships’ china recovered by wreckers and household antiques are housed here. Extensive genealogy records are available for Bahamian families. Tel: 366-0293


ferent communities from Green Turtle Cay to Hope Town. The shore activities include street parties, Junkanoo and hosted parties at a different location each night for the 9-day event. Check us out on Facebook. www.regattatimeinabaco.com

Casuarina Point Beach Crossing Rocks Beach Hope Town Beach Long Beach Manjack Beach Pelican Cays Sandy Point Public Beach

Out Island Excursions

Homecomings

Bahamas Fast Ferries

From Sandy Point, usually Friday and Sundays, one can take a trip to Nassau, the capital and most populated city of The Bahamas, in under fours hours on a state-of-the-art, air-conditioned, highspeed ferry. The fast ferry runs Friday and Sunday most of the year. However, the schedule does vary throughout the year so be sure to check the schedule before planning your trip. Visit www.bahamasferries.com for more information and to book a trip.

Pinder’s Ferry Service

It is possible to take a ferry to Grand Bahama, the neighboring island, where the second most populated city is found, Freeport. Pinder’s Ferry Service travels twice daily from Crown Haven, Abaco’s northernmost point, to McLean’s Town, Grand Bahama, which is 50 miles away. From there you can catch a bus or taxi to Freeport. For more information call (242) 365-2356.

Cultural Activities

41st Regatta Time In Abaco

Regatta Time In Abaco is a five-race series held each year incorporating the American and Bahamian Independence

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Every year various settlements or towns throughout Abaco host local homecomings. These homecomings give residents, past and present, an opportunity to showcase their community spirit and give visitors a chance to enjoy the festivities. Some of the communities that stage such homecomings are Sandy Point, Blackwood, Cedar Harbour, Moore’s Island and Murphy Town.

Man-O-War Cay’s Independence Day

Every July 10th locals and visitors participate in a variety of old-fashioned games and activities in celebration of Independence Day on Man-O-War Cay. Swimming events are held along with popular games where all participants are rewarded. A traditional cookout concludes the day’s events.

Annual Pink Rose Ball

The Third Pink Rose Ball was held on October 24, 2015 at Great Abaco Beach Resort to help raise funds for the Abaco Cancer Society. As a Breast Cancer Prevention Fundraiser, the event features a cocktail reception where guests walk the Pink Carpet in formal attire and are photographed. The event is complimented by a silent auction while classical music is provided by a pianist and saxophone player as those in attendance mingle and dine. Throughout the evening a video presentation of heart-rending testimonials from Abaco’s breast cancer survivors is shown, and survivors are honoured. Last year the Pink Rose Ball raised $10,000, and the funds were presented to the Abaco Cancer Society. The Pink Rose Ball committee is comprised of amazing individuals: Melinda Pinder, Laura Albury, Brenda Sawyer, Theresa Albury, Ruth Saunders and Wynsome Ferguson, who organized the worthy cause.


“Sojer” Day

Every other year residents of Man-OWar Cay celebrate their Heritage Day called Sojer Day – in recognition of the residents who are nicknamed “Sojers.” Throughout the day, locals acknowledge their history and rich heritage through food, skits, musical selections, artifacts, tours and booths that reflect the cay’s reputation as The Bahamas’ boatbuilding capital. The next Sojer Day is scheduled for April, 2016.

Hope Town Box Cart Derby

Every November, Hope Town becomes the venue of a major event called the Big Hill Box Cart Derby. The competition consists of junior and senior categories, and the selection of homemade box cars entered vary in design, size and colours. The event is a popular one drawing those with competitive spirits and scores of spectators. Food and beverage stands are set up. Earnings from the event assist in youth sports development in the community, particularly the Taylor Park Ballfield and the Abaco Junior Sailing Program.

Sandy Point Conch Fest

During the first weekend of June, the Sandy Point Development Association presents the annual Sandy Point Abaco Homecoming and Conchfest. The event highlights the Bahamian sloop sailing regattas and showcases cultural activities, games, food, drinks, and a church service. The Conchfest also includes performances by Bahamian musicians.

Junkanoo

The Junkanoo Parade, the traditional Bahamian dance with elaborate costumes, is held in Marsh Harbour for two nights in February and several weekends in June and July. Green Turtle Cay has an annual Junkanoo Parade on New Year’s Day. Sea Spray Resort also holds an annual competition in Dec. in Hope Town. Listen

to the sounds of the horns and whistles and feel the pulsating rhythms of the goatskin drums and cowbells. Join in a rushout with local groups like the Spring City Rockers, Supreme Dancers, Green Turtle Cay Rockers and the Treasure Cay Explorers.

Annual Christmas Festivals

The Christmas Festival is held the first weekend in December on Marsh Harbour. Treasure Cay the festival is celebrated on the second weekend in December. These events involve the community with a family day that offers lots of games, music, Bahamian food, various local talents and live entertainment. It showcases community spirit to bring in the Christmas cheer with visitors having a chance to enjoy the culture of the Bahamian people.

Island Roots Heritage Festival

In May join us as we celebrate our connection with our sister city, Key West, Florida. It’s a festival full of delicious Bahamian treats, unique Bahamian crafts and fine art, informative speakers and displays, not to mention our fabulous Bahamian entertainment that will not disappoint you! The complete schedule of events for the weekend will be posted on the website the month before the festival and will be posted in the April Abaconian issue. For more information, please contact The Abaco Tourist Office at 3673067. You can also visit www.islandrootsheritagefestival.com. See you there!

11th Annual Green Turtle Cay Christmas Festival of Lights, Fair and Boat Parade

The event will begin early evening at Settlement Point with a Thanksgiving dinner and an exciting stage program ending with a torchlight procession. Come and see their quiet village transformed into a fairyland and experience the cart parade and jingle bell trot. Later, join them for the Lite the Nite Boat Parade. The route will take the boats from Black Sound, White Sound, and Settlement Creek to the Main Dock at Settlement Point. Bunce, Hail’em gal and a Junkanoo rush will be performed along with another late night of bingo. It is guaranteed to be three weekends of fun. Call Marilyn 25

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Please show your support this year by attending the 4th Annual Pink Rose Ball on Oct 22 at Great Abaco Beach Resort and Boat Harbour Marina. For more information contact Melinda Pinder at Buds n Blooms 367-2837.


Saunders at 365-4120 for more information.

Junkanoo Summer Festival

Summertime on Abaco means Junkanoo Time. This festival, staged by the Ministry of Tourism throughout the summer months, highlights everything that is truly Bahamian. Local residents and visitors get to sample the flavour of the islands. In addition to the variety of Bahamian dishes and drinks, there are performances by the world famous Royal Bahamas Police Force Band and local Junkanoo and dance groups. Fire dancing, limbo, hair braiding and native crafts are also displayed.

6th Annual Great Abaco Family Fitness Weekend

Treasure Cay gets overrun with athletes and families from Friday through Sunday, March 18-20th. The fundraiser for Friends of the Environment and the Rotary Club of Abaco attracts athletes from across the Bahamas and the world. Competitors can compete in one or all of a one-mile open water swim, sprint or

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Olympic triathlons & relays, and a 5k & 10k fun run/walk. A kid’s one-mile race, cheerleading camp, and a paddleboard clinic round out the fun-filled weekend. Visit www.GAFFW.com or their Facebook page for more information.

Abaco Turtle Trot

Friends of the Environment hosts the Abaco Turtle Trot in Hope Town on Thanksgiving Day and Marsh Harbour that Saturday. The three mile course starts in historic Hope Town and loops around the scenic North-end. The Hope Town Primary School has a one-mile kids’ run immediately after the adult race. That Saturday, Marsh Harbour hosts a 5km event for those in mainland Abaco. Contact Friends at info@friendsoftheenvironment.org or 367-2721.

242 Colour Run

The 242 Colour Run returns to Hope Town for a third season in December 2016. The 5k (3-mile) event is fun for all ages and abilities. Participants toss colour and then walk or run through


Art For The Parks

The Bahamas National Trust, Abaco Beach Resort, local artists and corporate supporters come together to provide an opportunity for residents and visitors to Abaco to view and purchase the works of more than 30 talented Bahamian artists in January 2017. The event features artists who work in all mediums with a number of high-end jewelry and craft artisans participating. Saturday and Sunday features a variety of food, an interactive children’s crafts area, and local musical talent. All funds raised at the event help to maintain the six Abaco National Parks and support conservation education initiatives on Abaco. Contact the Bahamas National Trust at bnt@bnt.bs, or call the BNT Office in Marsh Harbour at 367-6310.

People to-People

5K in October. Also the Christian Counseling Center hosted a 5K and optional 10K in November of 2013. With the help of sponsors and an entrance fee, each challenge was a success to raise money for their organizations. Both of the associations hope to host the same event annually.

Water Sports

From “busy” Marsh Harbour to elegant Green Turtle Cay to the exclusive private island of Walker’s Cay, these islands offer rich, shallow reefs and encounters with friendly fish. Explore old wrecks and beautiful stands of elkhorn corals while snorkeling near many of the cays. Abaco Paddleboard Abaco Eco Kayak Adventures Brendals Dive Center & Adventure Watersports Dive Abaco Dive Guana Froggie’s Out Island Adventures Treasure Cay Hotel Resort & Marina Water Sports

Art Galleries

Bahama Dawn Design

www.bahamadawn.com 367-4648

Bahamians love meeting new people and making friends. When you join our complimentary People-to-People program, you’ll be paired with a Bahamian ambassador who will show you our culture and way of life in a memorable, one-of-a-kind vacation experience. It’s the perfect way to really get to know our islands. Make the most of your visit to The Bahamas by joining our free People-to-People program. Enjoy an authentic home-cooked meal. Share stories. Go sightseeing. Meet Bahamian children. Listen to rake and scrape. Our program does more than introduce you to our culture. It lets you experience The Bahamas through the eyes of a Bahamian.

Blue Sky Gallery

Fun Run/ Walks

Golfing

Several times in the year, the people of Abaco get together for 5K running challenges. The challenge is to run or walk 5 kilometres, all to raise funds with the aid of sponsors. There were several 5K events that took place in on Abaco in 2015. The Anglican Church hosted a

Call 367-0579

Lovely Island Tings

367-4297/551-7453/367-3442

Abaco Ceramics

www.abacoceramics.com 365-8489

Abaco Island Artists

artabacoislandartists@gmail.com 367-3744

Pete’s Pub & Gallery www.petespubandgallery.com The Hummingbird Art Center and Gallery 366-0272 Edna’s Handicraft Call: 554-9905

Treasure Cay Golf Course

The Treasure Cay Golf Course is an outstanding 18-hole championship course designed by Dick Wilson, one of America’s most renowned golf course architects. With 186 acres of tropically landscaped courses, the Treasure Cay golf 27

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multiple colour stations on the course. There are no winners and the event is not timed. All persons are eligible for fun prizes and awards after. Funds raised go towards the Rotary and Rotaract clubs of Abaco. For more information visit www. run242.com or visit their facebook page.


course consistently ranks in Golf Digest’s Top 100. At 6,985 yards from the blue tees and with 66 strategically placed sand bunkers, the Treasure Cay course presents an impressive challenge with its ocean winds, tight fairways and layout. During the winter season, homeowner tournaments are often held at bi-weekly intervals. Tee times are not necessary, and attractive golf packages are available to guests staying at Treasure Cay Hotel Resort & Marina.

The Abaco Club on Winding Bay

The Abaco Club on Winding Bay features authentic links courses, meaning it has been built on land that is beside the sea and been shaped by wind. Set in a tropical location that features a pristine twomile beach and dunes, the golf course was designed by Peter de Savary, Tom MacKenzie, and Donald Steel. Amenities at the Club include a clubhouse and infinity pool, European spa, deep sea and bonefishing excursions, tennis, children’s activities, water sports, and a private plane and air terminal. Exquisite cottages are available for rent, while estate lots

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and turn-key cottages can be purchased. Non-resident memberships are also available. For more information, please contact the Membership Department at (888) 303-2765 (US Toll Free) or (242) 367-0077, email info@theabacoclub.com or visit www.theabacoclub.com.

Diving & Snorkeling Snorkeling Sites • Angelfish Reef • Blue Strip Reef • Crawfish Shallows • Elkhorn Park • Fowl Cay Reef • Hobias Head • Hope Town Reef • Jeanette’s Reef • Meghan’s Mesa • Mermaid Reef • Pelican Park • Pirate’s Cathedral • Sandy Cay Reef • Sanka Shoal • Smugglers Rest • Spanish Cannon • Spiral Cavern


The Pillars White Hole Wreckers Reef

Diving Operators

Abaco Sailing Adven.................. 366-0722 Brendal’s Dive Ctr (GTC)............ 365-4411 Dive Abaco (MH)....................... 367-2787 Dive Guana (GC)....................... 365-5178 Dive Time (MOW)..................... 365-6235 Froggies Out Island (HT)........... 366-0431 Spanish Cay (SC)...................... 365-0083

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Reef, Cave, Cavern, Wrecks, Walls & Blue Hole Diving

Much of the water that surrounds The Bahamas is less than 20 feet deep, making it home to numerous reef dive sites. The Aquarium Cuda Alley Grouper Alley Guppy Garden Kristin’s Crannies The Maze Sandy Cay The Skyscrapers Tarpon Reef The Tower Garden The Towers The Tunnels

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Twin Sisters Wayne’s World The Catacombs The Cathedral Guana Coral Caverns

Dive Shops & Equipment

Diving on Abaco is definitely a must. You do not want to miss the magnificent, peaceful experience that the waters of Abaco have to offer. Equipment can either be brought along with you or rented from the local dive shops. Even the most experienced divers are advised to use local dive operators to help you explore the dive sites of Abaco. The many dive shops also provide instruction courses, from beginner to dive master certification. Some of the dive shops on Abaco include Dive Abaco, Abaco Dive Adventures, Froggies Out Island Adventures, Treasure Divers, Brendal’s Dive Center and Dive Guana.

of flats, many professional guides on hand, access to the world-renowned “marls,” and large numbers and sizes of bonefish, Abaco is the perfect place for bone-fishing. There are a number of bonefish lodges, tours, and guides across the island, some of which include Rickmon Bonefish Lodge, Pinder’s Bonefishing, Bonefish Heaven, Abaco Bones, Jr’s Bonefish, and Abaco Fly Fish.

Casuarina Point

Junior Albury.....................366-3058

Cherokee Sound

Dana Lowe........................366-2275 Donnie Lowe.....................366-2275 Lionel (Dee) Albury............366-2018 . Maxwell Sawyer.................366-3058 Marty Sawyer.....................366-2115 Will Sawyer........................366-2177 Randy Sawyer....................366-2284 Robin Albury......................366-0278

Coopers Town

Bonefishing Guides

Are you an avid bone-fisherman? Or do you want to have a guide teach you the basics to bone-fishing? With miles

Drexel McIntosh.................365-0132 Kirk McIntosh....................365-0150 O’Donald McIntosh.............365-0126

Fire Road

Ken Gardiner.....................365-0266 Sheldon Gardiner...............365-0117

Green Turtle Cay

Ronnie Sawyer...................365-4070 Abaco Fly Fish....................365-4261

Hope Town

Maitland Lowe...................366-0234 Tom Albury........ 366-3141/477-5243

Marsh Harbour

Jay Sawyer........................367-3941 Danny Sawyer....................367-3577 . Buddy Pinder.....................366-2163 Justin Sands......................359-6890 Sidney Albury....................477-5996 Terrance Davis...................375-8550 Richard Albury...................577-0313 Jody Albury.......................375-8068

Mount Hope

Herbert Thurston...............365-4205 Pedro Thurston..................365-2405

Sandy Point

F. Burrows.........................366-4133 Kirk Bain............................475-1982 Rickmon’s................. 366-4233/4477 Nicholas Roberts................366-4486 Pete’s Guest House............366-4119 Patrick Roberts...................366-4285 Val Adderley......................366-4308

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Spring City

Dream Yacht Charters (MH)... 367-0102

Treasure Cay

Boating & Sailing

Edmund Williams...............367-7123

Michael Schreiner...............366-3143

Treasure Cay

Clark Burrows....................375-3543

Bareboat Boat Charters

Brendals Dive Center

Shark Encounters

Dive Information

Night Dive

Charter a live-aboard boat that will help you experience beautiful Abaco and its surrounding cays. The Moorings (MH)............... 367-4000 Abaco Bah Charters (HT)....... 366-0151 Abaco Multihull (HT).............. 366-0552 Abaco Gal (TC)..................... 365-8571

The Cruiser’s Net, Abaco’s most popular radio information site - VHF 68 at 8:15. Use the VHF to stay in touch. • Channel 16 - Calling Only • Channel 06 - Taxis • Channel 68 - Cruiser’s Net • Channel 83 - Medical and BASRA • Channel 72 - The Elbow Cay • Rescue Squad, Emergencies only When you hear someone on VHF 16 answer “Go Over”, you can bet they are going to “their” channel. In fact, you know you’ve finally arrived when you know where “over” is.

Certification

Lubbers Quarters

Boating Information

Training courses

Robert Lowe......................366-0266 Ira Key......................... 366-0245 Truman Major....................366-0101 Justin Russell.....................366-0528

Tanks

Hope Town

# Boats

Rick Sawyer.......................365-4270 Eddie Bodie.......................357-6784

Instructors

Junior Albury.....................366-3058

Green Turtle Cay

Walls

Casuarina Point

Reefs & wrecks

Deep Sea Fishing Guides

With an entire chain of enchanting islands arrayed around a warm, calm sea, Abaco Islands are one of the world’s best cruising and sailing areas and have been The Bahamas’ boating capital since colonial times. Whether you’re a sailing purist willing to tack until the last gasp of wind or a powerboater who throttles up to ensure you’re at the anchorage by happy hour’s first call, this is truly a yachtsman’s heaven.

Snorkeling

Carey McKenzie..................365-8313

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Green Turtle Cay, 365-4411

Dive Abaco

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Marsh Harbour, 367-2787

Dive Guana

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Guana Cay, 365-5178

Dive Time

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Man-O-War Cay, 365-6235

Froggies Adventure

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Hope Town, 366-0431

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Abaco Beach Resort & Boat Harbour Marina (MH)....... 367-2158 Bluff House Marina (GTC)................ 365-4247 Conch Inn Marina (MH)................... 367-4000 Green Turtle Club (GTC).................. 365-4271 Guana Hideaways Marina (GC)......... 365-5070. Harbour View Marina (MH)............... 367-2182 Hope Town Inn & Marina (HT)......... 366-0003 Leeward Yacht Club (GTC)............... 365-4191 Lighthouse Marina (HT)................... 366-0154 Mangoes Marina (MH)..................... 367-4255 Man-O-War Marina (MOW)............... 365-6008 Marsh Harbour Marina (MH)............. 367-2700 Orchid Bay Marina (GC)................... 365-5175 Other Shore Club (GTC)................... 365-4226 Sea Spray Marina (HT).................... 366-0065 Spanish Cay Marina......................... 365-0083 Treasure Cay Marina (TC)................ 365-8250

Marina Information

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as the calling channel to initiate communications.

Customs Procedures

Upon entering The Bahamas, the captain of a vessel must take the vessel to an authorized port. The vessel must first clear customs prior to any crew coming ashore or the unloading or loading of any cargo. The boat’s Temporary Cruising Permit is for one year from date of entry and may be renewed for up to two further years if desired by written application to Bahamas Customs, Nassau, prior to expiration and payment of $500 per year. To leave your boat in The Bahamas permanently, you must pay an import duty of 10% for vessels of any size. Since there is no income tax in The Bahamas, there is usually a 35% duty, plus shipping costs, added to most consumer goods. If you experience anything contrary to this, call Comptroller of Customs in Nassau at 242-302-3302.

Immigration Procedures

No person is to land in The Bahamas from a foreign territory without permission of an immigration officer. All vessels must be landed at an authorised port of entry.

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Weather Information

Daily forecasts are broadcast on VHF16 on the Cruisers Net. www.barometerbob. org, Bahamas Christian Network channel 55 broadcast between 7:00 - 7:15 am. The official hurricane season starts June 1 and ends on November 30. Information on tropical systems is available from many sources four - five days before these weather conditions are experienced in The Bahamas. The Weather Channel, BCN television and Radio Abaco 93.5FM issue regular updates on any tropical disturbances. Additional information can be obtained via the internet.

Fishing Regulations Arriving by Boat

Visiting boaters must clear Customs and Immigration at one of the nearest designated 32 Ports of Entry. As you enter the first port, fly the yellow quarantine flag and notify Customs of your arrival immediately. Only the captain is permitted to leave the boat until the vessel has been cleared. When Customs and Immigration officials come to your vessel, everyone on board must have proof of citizenship and fill out an immigration card. U.S.


citizens can present a passport and an official photo I.D., such as a driver’s license or voter’s card. Before leaving The Bahamas, be sure to surrender your copy of the immigration card at the last Bahamian port you visit. If you have a firearm on board, you must declare it on arrival with Customs. You must provide the serial number and manufacturer, plus an exact count of ammunition. You are allowed to have a firearm on your boat, but you cannot take it off unless you have a permit from the Bahamian police ahead of time. Weapons must be under lock and key at all times. Any infraction of this law is dealt with severely.

Entry Fees

Cruising fees of $150 for boats up to 31 feet in length and $300 for boats over 31 feet will be valid for two entries during a 90-day period. This covers a vessel with four persons or fewer. The fee covers the cruising permit, fishing permit, Customs and Immigration charges and the $25 per person departure tax for up to four persons. Each additional person above four is charged a $25 departure tax (for each additional person above

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four departing Freeport, Grand Bahama Island). If you plan to stay longer than 12 months, special arrangements must be made with Bahamas Customs and Immigration.

Permits

You can receive fishing permits from Customs officials at any of our 32 ports of entry. Fishing gear is restricted to hook and line and you’re allowed to fish six rods at a time.

Marine Vessel Limits

Lobster or Crawfish - Limit of no more than 10 tails at any given time. Annual closed season is April 1 to July 31. Minimum size limits are 3-3/8 inch. Conch - Limit at any given time is no more than 6 per vessel. Wahoo/Dolphin/Kingfish/Tuna - Migratory species shall not exceed 18 fish per vessel at any time. Demersal Species - Demersal species (grouper, snappers, etc.) - No more than 60 pounds or 20 scale fish. Stone Crabs - The minimum harvestable claw is four inches. The season is closed from June 1 to October 15. Turtles - Illegal to import. No vessel shall have onboard marine turtles.


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ife has come full circle in many ways for Leanne Russell – a celebrated Bahamian artist, entrepreneur, and mother of two. After graduating from Forest Heights Academy, Leanne left her hometown of Green Turtle Cay behind to study commerce at St. Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. However, an artistic prowess lie dormant within her – patiently waiting to be unleashed. The time came to reveal this hidden talent once Leanne completed her studies, and returned to Abaco to begin her career in the hospitality industry at the Green Turtle Club. While there, she completed a collection of murals along with numerous commissions for corporate and private collections throughout the Caribbean, the United States and Australia. Over the years, her works of art have been manifested in acrylic and watercolour paintings on canvas or reclaimed material. Many of her realist paintings timelessly portray The Bahamas’ history and culture, Bahamian people and marine life. Intricate brush strokes of intense hues and varied tones of brilliant colour weave their way on to canvas and other materials allowing Leanne to vibrantly depict the enduring effect of art in everyday life. Painting, she says, is what balances her life. “Me time is art time because it’s so necessary,” Leanne shared. “Painting helps me balance, and it helps me feel more centered.” Leanne aptly describes her artistic style as evolving because she is always being inspired, and she always seeks to inspire others. In 2011, Leanne participated in the Public Treasury Art Program; the Bahama Mama inaugural exhibition she submitted was her first exhibition outside of Abaco. Her work has also been featured at events hosted by the D’Aguilar Art Foundation; Burns House; the Central Bank of The Bahamas; the National Art Gallery; and the Baha Mar Development. Leanne was also instrumental in the success of the Furniture Plus’ Plus Arts & Culture (PAC) Summer Showcase 2011, which highlighted the work of more than two dozen Abaco artists and artisans. By 2012, Leanne was featured in Air Currents magazine; she was named a Cacique Award finalist in the Fine Arts Category; she was a nominee for the People’s Choice Award for Fash|Art 2012; and she was chosen as one of the four nominees for Stylezine Magazine People’s Choice Awards Visual Artist of the Year. She is also a member of the Salus Project. .The year 2013 brought even greater international recognition for Leanne with her work on female deities as she was featured among 40 Bahamian artists representing contemporary Bahamian art in the Imago Mundi’s Luciano Benetton Collection. At this point, Leanne had already teamed up with Bahamian photographer Scharad Lightbourne for a collaborative show called the Layers Project to pay homage to the nation’s renowned Bahamian artists like Amos Ferguson, Brent Malone, John Beadle and Max Taylor. .In July 2015, Leanne was chosen as a Fine Arts nominee for the 3rd Annual Bahamian Icon Awards in recognition of her outstanding artistic achievements and for providing an art platform for other artists to display their work. In her most recent work, Leanne . participated in her first international exhibition called “Tides and Tradewinds.” The exhibition opened at Buttonwood Gallery in Kansas City on Sept. 4, 2015 under the patronage of her mentor Anthony “Big Mo” Morley, who is an acclaimed Bahamian artist. She then co-curated with Dewitt Pratt at the Chan Pratt Foundation’s Inspiration Art Show and Exhibition

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in October. As one of the contributing artists, Leanne expressed how honoured she was to present a modern take on Pratt’s painting, “The Wizard.” She was impressed not only by the number of participating artists, but by the caliber of Bahamian artists that were involved in the show. Her earliest memory of Pratt was of him doing a live painting at Great Abaco Beach Hotel, and years later, she was priviledged to be a part of his foundation’s initiatives. Lately, Leanne has found herself experimenting with size and scale. She submitted a six-foot piece to Central Bank and a four-byfour foot photographic print for the Chan Pratt Foundation. This year, she has pledged to do a lot more painting and to go back to basics, which was necessary in taking her work to the next level. The Kansas City exhibition revealed how she had strayed away from typical Bahamian scenes. Indeed, Leanne has had quite a career as a self-taught artist, and she continues to evolve in her craft through her collaborations with other professionals in varying media platforms. In April, Leanne also partnered in a business venture with Claire Basden, owner of Your Finance, and the two became the new owners of Bliss Coffee House formerly known as Java Coffee House. “It’s funny how life works and how it leads you to certain places; you just have to be aware of the signs and where God is trying to direct your life,” Leanne reasoned. “I am such a big believer of that.” In addition to offering the standard coffee shop fare, Bliss also hosts themed Pop Up shops like the vegan restaurant, and it provides a platform for artists to showcase their talent on a regular basis. Leanne and Claire plan to incorporate art into the Abaco community through Pop Up Art Galleries like those at Baker’s Bay and Hope Town. Through it all, Leanne has remained humble in all of her interactions. The support of her parents and her children have gone a long way in keeping her inspired and grounded in her career. “Thank God for family, and for my parents providing such amazing support,” she said. With each one of her accomplishments, she sees it as marking off one goal after the other as she continues on the right path. This particular path has led to yet another collaboration for Leanne and Bahamian Director Lavardo Stubbs to film a project based on migration stories of Haitian-Bahamians. The project will be released this year, and consists of 15 pieces that will incorporate painting, photography, digital art, animation, original music, spoken word, and fashion design paired up with each story. “It’s basically every art form you can think of; it’s an amalgamation of every genre,” Leanne stated. Once upon a time, Leanne was just a budding artist who went on a sabbatical to see where she wanted to go with art. The experience paid off when the old Sheraton Hotel in Nassau picked up a few of her paintings, but up until then, no one knew who she was. “I came to the realization a long time ago that you can’t do it all by yourself and that is what has helped me. If you think one man is an island, it’s not true,” Leanne surmised. “I didn’t get to this point by myself; it was God and the people who took interest in what I was doing at an early age.” Leanne added that she’s not doing anything that hasn’t been done before, and she warned artists against becoming so self-involved that they believe that only their work is so amazing or so great. Instead, she encouraged them to do everything with humility because their time will come. “An idea will turn to dust or magic depending on who touches it,” Leanne knowingly expressed. And if you live long enough, you will realize that life truly does come full circle.


Angler’s - Abaco Beach Abaco Pizza Becky’s Take-away Curly Tails Delphi Club Golden Grouper Island Boy Restaurant Island Family Restaurant Jake’s Restaurant Jamie’s Place Jib Room JuNovia’s Restaurant Just Chicken Kentucky Fried Chicken Lovely’s Pizza Mother Merle’s Pete’s Pub & Gallery Snappas Bar & Grill Snack Shack Trio Oasis The People’s Grill Wally’s Restaurant

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Coco Beach Bar & Grill Treasure Sands Club Touch of Class Spinnaker Restaurant

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Man-O-War Cay Dock-N-Dine Hibiscus Cafe

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Guana Cay

Fish Tales Island Sports Bar Guana Grabbers Nippers Bar & Grill Sun Setters - Orchid Bay

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***Meals Served - Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Credit Cards - Visa and Mastercard Prices shown indicate cost of menu items actual prices may vary, $=$10, $$=$11-$20, $$$=$21-$30 and up***

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Shopping

Abaco Souvenirs

Abaco Ceramics (TC) ...... 365-8489 Abaco Island Artist (MH)......... 367-3744 Abaco Seaglass (MH).............. 477-5871. Abaco Treasures (MH) ........... 367-3460 Albury’s Sail Shop (MOW) ...... 365-6014 Bahama Dawn (MH)............... 367-4648 Bliss Coffee Shoppe (MH)........ 367-5523 Blue Sky Gallery (MH)............. 367-0579 Buds n Blooms (MH)............... 367-2837 Da Crazy Crab (HT)................ 366-0537 Ebb Tide (HT) ....................... 366-0088 El Mercado (HT)..................... 366-0661 Gone Conchin’ (GC)................ 365-5215 Hope Town Lodge (HT)........... 366-0095 Hope Town Canvas (HT)......... 366-0087 Iggy Biggy (HT) .............. 366-0354 Iggy Biggy (MH) ............. 367-3596 Joe’s Studio (MOW) ............... 365-6082 Lighthouse Marina (HT).......... 366-0154

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Monkey’s Uncle (MH).............. 367-3223 Native Creations (GTC) ... 365-4206 Nippers Gift Shop (GC)........... 365-5111 Pete’s Pub & Gallery (LH)........ 577-5487 Sand Dollar Shoppe (MH) ...... 367-4405 Sea Spray Marina (HT).... 366-0065 T’zers Gift Shop (MH) ............ 367-2158 The Marina Shoppe (TC)......... 365-8757 Triple J Gift Shop (TC)............ 365-8761 Tropical Souvenirs (MH).......... 367-2431

Bakeries

Bliss Coffee Shop (MH)........... 367-5523 Da Best Yet Bakery (MH)........ 367-3616 HT Coffee House (HT)............ 366-0760 Florence’s Café (TC)............... 365-8185 Island Bakery (MH)................ 367-2129 McIntosh Bakery (GTC)........... 365-4625 Simply The Best (TC).............. 365-8258 Vernon’s Groceries (HT).......... 366-0037


Beauty Salons & Supplies

SHOPPING

Bahama Waves (MOW)........... 365-6310 Hubert’s Cut & Curls (GTC)..... 365-4100 Najah’s Beauty Salon (MH)...... 367-1250 Nubian Styles (MH)................ 367-0040 Shear Dynamics (MH)............. 367-3844 Snazzie’s (MH)....................... 551-5524 The Chopping Block (HT)........ 366-0052 The Hair Lounge (MH)............ 367-6070 The Hair Stylist (MH) ............ 367-4246 The Green Leaf (MH).............. 367-6426

Books & Magazines

Abaco Treasures (MH)............ 367-3460 Bellevue Business (MH).......... 367-2701 Ebb Tide (HT)........................ 366-0088 Fruit of the Vine Christian Bookstore (MH) ..................... 367-3288 Joe’s Studio (MOW)................ 365-6082 Kemp’s Souvenir (HT)............. 366-0423 Lighthouse Marina (HT).......... 366-0154

Bicycles, Scooters

Brendal’s Dive Ctr (GTC). 365-4411 Rental Wheels (MH) .............. 367-4643 Seaside Cart Rentals (GTC)..... 365-4147 Wendal’s Bicycle Rental (TC)... 365-8687

Boat Rentals & Charters

Abaco Adventures (TC)........... 375-8123 Abaco Dorado Rentals (MH).... 367-1035 Blue Wave Rentals (MH)......... 367-3910 Cat’s Paw Boat Rentals (HT).... 366-0380 Dive Guana (GC).................... 365-5178 Donnie’s Boat Rentals (GTC)... 365-4119 Dream Yacht Charters (MH).... 367-0102 Elbow Cay Boat Rentals (HT).. 577-1210 Island Marine Rentals (HT) .... 366-0282 J.I.C. Boat Rentals (TC) ......... 365-8582 Man-O-War Marina (MOW)...... 365-6008 Rainbow Rentals (MH) ... 367-4602 Reef Boat Rentals (GTC)......... 365-4145 Roberts Hardware (GTC)......... 365-4122 Sea Horse Boat Rentals (HT)... 366-0023 Sunset Marine (GTC).............. 365-4634 The Moorings (MH).......... 367-4000 Waterways Rentals (MOW)...... 365-6143

Boutiques

Bluff House Boutique (GTC).... 365-4200 Boy Meets Girl (MH)............... 699-1022 Corner Value (MH) ................ 367-2250 Da Crazy Crab (HT)................ 366-0537 Gone Conchin (GC)................. 365-5215 Green Turtle Club Boutique..... 365-4271 Iggy Biggy (HT)............... 366-0354 Iggy Biggy (MH) ............. 367-3596 Island Gal Boutique (MH)........ 367-0283 43

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Lighthouse Marina (HT).......... 366-0154 Mangoes Boutique (MH)......... 367-2366 Nippers Gift Shop (GC)........... 365-5111 Orchid Bay Marina (GC).......... 365-5175 Sand Dollar Shoppe (MH)........ 367-4405 The Boutique at Firefly (HT).... 366-0145 Wally’s Boutique (MH)............ 367-2074

Photography/Photos

Chelsea Sweeting (MOW)........ 375-9265 Computer Creations (MH)....... 367-2004 Erin Sands (HT)..................... 475-8352 Gabriella Mannie (MOW)......... 458-0268 Snap Shop (MH)..................... 367-3020

Car Parts & Accessories

A.I.D. (MH)............................ 367-2077 Auto Care Corner (MH)........... 367-0400 CarQuest (MH)....................... 367-2452 K & S Auto (MH).................... 367-2655 Quality Star Auto (MH)........... 367-2979

Car Rentals

A & P Auto Rentals (MH). 367-2655 Bargain Car Rentals (MH)........ 367-0500 Cornish Car Rentals (TC) ........ 365-8623 Executive Car Rentals (MH)..... 434-5840

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Rental Wheels (MH) .............. 367-4643 Sea Star Car Rentals (MH) ..... 367-4887 Triple J Car Rentals (TC)......... 365-8761 USave Car Rental (MH)........... 699-3346 United Car Rentals (MH) ........ 577-2738

Crystal Treasures

Abaco Treasures (MH) ........... 367-3460 Corner Value (MH) ................ 367-2250 Sand Dollar Shoppe (MH) ...... 367-4405

Dental Offices

Abaco Dental Assoc. (MH)....... 367-0164 Agape Dental (MH) ........... 367-4355/54 Diamante Dental (MH) ........... 367-4968

Florists

Buds N Blooms (MH) ...... 367-2837 Pinewoods Nursery (MH) ...... 367-2674

Freight/Courier

Abaco Shipping (MH).............. 367-2091 Abacays (MH)........................ 367-6249 Dean’s Shipping (MH)............. 367-2653 DHL (MH).............................. 367-6002 FedEx (MH)........................... 577-3339 GWS Express (MH)................. 367-2722


Furniture & Accessories

Fine Living (MH) .................... 458-6074 Furniture Plus (MH)................ 367-7587 The Prickle Patch (MH)........... 367-3801

Golf Cart Rentals

Albury’s Property Man (GC)..... 365-5175 Blue Marlin Rentals (TC) ........ 365-8687 Cash’s Carts (TC) .................. 365-8771 Cruising Cart Rentals (GTC).... 577-7445 D & P Cart Rentals (GTC) ....... 365-4655 Elbow Cay Cart (HT) .............. 366-0530 Everything Guana (GC)........... 577-0003 Harbour View Cart (GTC)........ 365-4411 Hope Town Cart (HT)............. 366-0064 Island Cart Rentals (HT) ........ 366-0448 JR Cart Rentals (HT)............... 366-0361 Kool Kart Rentals (GTC).......... 365-4176 Seaside Cart Rent(GTC) .. 365-4147 South Beach Rental (GTC)...... 365-4375 T & A Cart Rentals (GTC) ....... 365-4259 T & N Cart Rentals (HT).......... 366-0069

Triple J Cart Rentals (TC)........ 365-8761

Grocery Stores

Abaco Groceries (MH)............. 367-5308 Cherokee Food Fair................ 366-2022 Curry’s Food Store (GTC) ....... 365-4171 Golden Harvest (TC) .............. 365-8350 Guana Harbour (GC)............... 365-5067 Harbour View Grocery (HT)..... 366-0033 Lowe’s Grocery (GTC) ............ 365-4243 LVA Convenience (HT)............ 366-0056 MOW Grocery (MOW) ............ 365-6016 Maxwells (MH)....................... 367-2601 Munchies (HT)....................... 366-0423 Price Rright (MH) .................. 367-2020 Roderick’s Food Store (MH) .... 367-3237 Sid’s Grocery (GTC) ............... 365-4055 The Food Store (HT).............. 366-0391 Vernon’s Grocery (HT)............ 366-0037 24/7 Shell (MH) .................... 367-5064

Hardware & Paint Stores

Abaco Hardware (MH) ........... 367-2170 A.I.D. (MH)............................ 367-2077 Corner Value (MH).................. 367-2250 Imports Unlimited (HT)........... 366-0136

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SHOPPING

UPS (MH).............................. 357-6810 Seacor Island Lines (MH)........ 367-4262 Tropical Shipping (MH)........... 367-0225


MOW Hardware (MOW) ......... 365-6011 New Plymouth Hard. (GTC)..... 365-4305 Roberts Hardware (GTC)......... 365-4122 Standard Hardware (MH) ....... 367-2660 The Paint Place (MH).............. 367-2271 Treasure Cay Home (TC)......... 365-8258

Ice Cream

Jake’s (MH)............................ 367-5253 Jamie’s Place (MH)................. 367-2880 Just Chicken (MH).................. 367-6365 Mainstreet Treats (MH)........... 367-2827 The Sweet Coffee Shop (HT)... 366-0613

Insurance

Abaco Insurance (MH)............ 367-2549 British American (MH)............. 367-5601 Colina Imperial (MH).............. 367-3432 GRM Insurance (MH).............. 699-3068 Family Guardian (MH)............. 367-3264 Insurance Manag(MH)............ 367-4204 J.S. Johnson (MH) ................. 367-2688 NUA (MH).............................. 367-2222

Internet/WiFi/Phones

Bahamas WiMAX (MH)............ 367-3717 Batelco (MH).......................... 367-2200

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Island Care Wireless (MH)....... 367-0429 Out Island Internet (MH)........ 367-3006

Jewelry

Abaco Treasures (MH)............ 367-3460 Ebb Tide (HT)........................ 366-0088 El Mercado (HT)..................... 366-0661 Iggy Biggy (HT) .............. 366-0354 Iggy Biggy (MH).............. 367-3596 Mangoes Boutique (MH)......... 367-2366 Native Creations (GTC) ... 365-4206 Pete’s Pub & Gallery (LH)........ 577-5487 Sand Dollar Shoppe (MH)........ 367-4405 Silver Moon Designs (MH).477-5871 T’zers Gift Shop (MH) ............ 367-2158

Kayak Rentals

Abaco Paddleboard (HT)......... 475-0954 Brendal’s Dive Ctr (GTC). 365-4411

Legal Services

Alexiou, Knowles (MH)............ 367-2010 Frederik F. Gottlieb (MH)......... 367-3120 Higgs & Johnson (MH)............ 367-3215 L.C. Hull Chambers (MH) ....... 367-2030 The Firm (MH)....................... 367-3572


Marine Stores

The Chemist Shoppe (MH) ..... 367-3106

Abaco Ace Hardware (MH)...... 367-2170 Abaco Marine Props (MH)....... 367-4276 Abaco Outboards (MH) .......... 367-2452 Abaco Yacht Services (GTC).... 365-4033 Black Sound Marina (GTC) ..... 365-4567 Boat Harbour Marina (MH)...... 367-2158 Edwin’s Boat Yard (MOW)....... 365-6007 Island Boy Marine (MH).......... 367-3228 Lighthouse Marina (HT).......... 366-0154 Master Marine (MH)................ 367-4760 M-O-W Marina (MOW)............ 365-6008 M-O-W Hardware (MOW)........ 365-6011 National Marine (MH) ............ 367-2326 Roberts Marine (GTC)............. 365-4249 Standard Hardware (MH).367-2660 The Outboard Shop (MH)....... 367-2703

Perfumes

Abaco Treasures (MH) ........... 367-3460

Physicians/Clinics

Abaco Family Med (MH).......... 367-2295 Abaco Medi-Center (MH)......... 367-7999 Auskell Medical Clinic (MH)..... 367-0020 Corbett Clinic (TC).................. 365-8288 Government Clinic (MH).......... 367-2510 Integrated Medical (MH)......... 367-1304 M.H.Medical Center (MH)........ 367-0049

Printing Services

Home Fabrics (MH)................. 367-6003

Abaco Print Shop (MH).... 367-3202 Abaco Signs and Emb (MH)..... 367-3081 Abaco Tshirt & Design (HT)..... 366-0024 Computer Creations (MH)....... 367-2004 Out-island Printing (MH)......... 699-2496

Pet Veterinarians

Sandals & Shoes

Party Supplies

Caribbean Veterinary (MH)...... 367-3551 Island Veterinary (MH)............ 367-0062 Pinewoods Nursery (MH)........ 367-2674

Pharmacies

Abaco Island Phar(MH)... 367-2544

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Abaco Shoe Gallery (MH)........ 367-5510 Boy Meets Girl (MH)............... 699-1022 Brass & Leather (MH) ............ 367-3643 Island Girl (MH)..................... 367-0283 Iggy Biggy (MH) ............. 367-3596 Iggy Biggy (HT) .............. 366-0354


T’zers Gift Shop (MH) ............ 367-2158 24/7 Shell (MH) .................... 367-5064 K & S Auto Service (MH)......... 367-2655 Quality Star/Rubis (MH) ......... 367-2978 TC Fuel Station (TC)............... 365-8869

Scuba/Diving Gear

Brendal’s Dive (GTC)....... 365-4411 Dive Abaco (MH).................... 367-2787 Dive Guana (GC).................... 365-5178 Dive Time (MOW).................. 365-6235 Froggies Out Island (HT) ....... 366-0431

Wines & Spirits

A & K Liquors (MH) ............... 367-2179 Borderline Liquors (MH).......... 699-2161 Bristol Wines (MH) ................ 367-2180 Burns House (MH) ................. 367-3712 Fig Tree Wines (GC) .............. 365-5058 HT Wines & Spirits (HT).......... 366-0525 Jimmy’s Wines & Spirits (MH).. 367-2936 Lighthouse Liquors (HT) ........ 366-0567 Plymouth Rock Liquor (GTC)... 365-4234 Spanky’s Liquor Store (TC) ..... 365-8385 The Liquor Depot (MH)........... 367-6364

SHOPPING

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Where to stay Melanie Leneghan

Marsh Harbour A Destination Among Destinations

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o you’re headed to The Bahamas… Well, why not start at the top of our alluring list of islands with the island of Abaco? Renowned as the sailing and boating capital of the nation, Abaco lies in the northern Bahamas and comprises a 120mile long chain of islands and cays covering 650 square miles of exhilarating beauty that draws visitors from all corners of the world. It’s true many are attracted to our pristine marine environment and the natural make-up of Abaco, but for those who are more interested in exploring the communities and their distinct offerings, there is much to offer particularly in Marsh Harbour. This impressive city is the capital of Abaco, and Marsh Harbour is The Bahamas’ third largest city. It is also home to approximately 6,000 residents. As a commercial hub, Marsh Harbour offers every amenity in terms of goods or services imaginable to fulfill the needs and desires of all who come to our shores from the moment they fly into the recently up-

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graded Marsh Harbour International Airport. A short ride into downtown Marsh Harbour unveils a unique collection of restaurants featuring first-class dining, and fullservice marinas and resorts like the upscale Abaco Beach Resort and Boat Harbour Marina as well as lodging accommodations by the Conch Inn Marina, The Regattas of Abaco, Pelican Beach Villas and The Lofty Fig. Marsh Harbour is also populated by beautifully constructed private homes owned by locals and second homeowners. There’s also an excellent line up of grocery and clothing stores, Marsh Harbour Exporters Importers commonly referred to as the “Fish House,” banking and medical facilities, car and bike rental accommodations, laundromats, service stations, hardware and marine stores, travel agencies and aviation companies, health and beauty supply store, medical facilities and the list goes on. Presently, the Marsh Harbour Public Library is being constructed next to the Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire Department.


WHERE TO STAY

www.reelcandyfishing.com The Bahamas Government Complex in neighbouring Dundas Town houses the majority of the government departments including the Office of the Prime Minister, Post Office, National Insurance Board, Magistrate’s Court, Administrator’s Office and Abaco Tourist Office. However, most of the utility companies like BTC, Bahamas Electrical Corporation and Water and Sewerage Corporation remain in Marsh Harbour, and are strung along Don Mackay Boulevard at varying locations. For beachcombers and those wanting to snorkel, swim or enjoy the water, the most easily accessible beach in this area is

the Crossing Beach, which is adjacent to Albury’s Ferry Service. Many more island attractions extend beyond Marsh Harbour as it is a gateway to boundless destinations that lead to exciting experiences and endless opportunities. Hard to believe that with all of these widespread treasures in its possession, Marsh Harbour still only has one functioning traffic light. Nevertheless, Marsh Harbour is just one among many of Abaco’s favoured destinations. You are sure to get a glimpse of them as you traverse the pages of Destination Abaco. You will be given a full serving of details for Abaco’s outer cays and attrac-

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Rainbow Rentals

Arawak Agency

Emergency Medical Services

The Abaconian Newspaper

The Medi-Center

Dundas & Murphy Town

Monkey’s Uncle Integrated Medical

British American Financial

Bahamas National Trust

Abaco Chamber of Commerce The Chemist Shoppe

Fine Living

Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire & Rescue

The Paint Place

Abaco Family Medicine

Auto Care Corner Friends of the Environment

Dundas & Murphy Town Administration Offices National Insurance Business License Abaco Tourist Office Ministry of Education Court House & Post Office

Treasure Cay

Palm Cottage & Wood You Home Fabrics Computer Creations Abaco Vacation Planner

The Kidney Center

Presbyterian Church Cherokee Aviation

Bahamasair - Sky Bahamas American Airlines

Methodist Church

Bargain Car Rentals

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A&K Liquors Abaco Island Pharmacy


MH Imp/Exp FISH HOUSE Skagg Food Store

Island Boy Marine Store

Damianos

Jimmy’s Liquor Store

Bliss Coffee House

Coldwell Banker Real Estate Abaco Beach Resort & Boat Harbour

Shear Dynamics Jake’s Hair Salon Restaurant

Bud’s N Bloom Oasis Restaurant

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come a cruise stop for Disney and now named Castaway Cay. Indeed, Abaco has long been known as an island hopper’s paradise, and visitors have the option of travelling to these myriad destinations by driving, booking a fishing guide for full or half-day excursions, reserving island tours services offered by friendly guides or simply by ferry service. Ready, set, go. Let’s explore the beauty of Marsh Harbour, Abaco.

tions to whet your appetite for exploration including but not limited to popular locations like Hope Town, Green Turtle Cay, Guana Cay and Man-O-War Cay. For instance, there’s Moore’s Island, which is located in the south, Walker’s Cay and Grand Cay as the northernmost cays. Spanish Cay, Sandy Cay and Fiddle Cay are farther away from the mainland, but definitely worth the visit. Private cays include Scotland Cay, and the former Gorda Cay, which has be-

Central and South Abaco

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Spanish Cay

Abaco Beach Resort................367-2158 Abaco Vacation Planner.........367-3529 Conch Inn Hotel.....................367-4000 Island Breezes Motel.................... 367-3776 Living Easy..............................367-2202 Lofty Fig Villas............................. 367-2681 Pelican Beach Villas...................... 367-3600 Regattas of Abaco........................ 367-0148 The Crossing................................ 577-0277 Villas at Palmetto Beach..........262-820-1900

Spanish Cay Resort...................... 365-0083

Cherokee Sound

The Abaco Club ........................... 367-0077 Lee Pinder................................... 366-2053 Cherokee Cottages....................... 366-2075

Casuarina Point

Sea Grape/Coco Plum................... 367-3202

Lubbers Quarters

Sandy Point

Lubbers Landing.......................... 577-2000 Moonrise Cottage.......... 367-3454/477-5871

Oeisha’s Resort ........................... 366-4139 Pete & Gay’s Resort...................... 366-4119

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..among Abaco’s most prized communities

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reasure Cay has long been revered for its exquisite stretch of powdery sand beach, which has earned it an enviable spot on National Geographic’s ranking of the top 10 most beautiful beaches in the world. But there is more than the call of the sea that lures visitors to this unique place and makes it home for hundreds of locals and second homeowners. Undeniably, Treasure Cay is one of Abaco’s most popular northern communities to visit because of the many attractions it has to offer. No doubt there’s great fishing,

diving and snorkeling to be had in its sunkissed turquoise waters, but there are numerous land-based activities for locals and visitors to enjoy as well. Historically, the northwestern side of Treasure Cay was the site of the first Loyalist settlement called Carleton’s Point that the Loyalists relocated to after leaving the Carolinas during the American Revolutionary War. Treasure Cay is joined to Great Abaco by a narrow stretch of land. So how do you get there? Well, you have the option of flying directly to the Treasure Cay International Airport or by travelling twenty miles north of Marsh Harbour along the S.C. Bootle Highway by taxi or rental car service. Upon arriving in Treasure Cay, visitors will discover that there are two resorts in this community: Treasure Cay Hotel Resort & Marina and Bahama Beach Club. With its 150-slip marina equipped with a dive shop, swimming pool, boat rentals, tennis courts, a Dick Wilson designed golf course and onsite restaurants and bars to choose from, Treasure Cay Hotel Resort and Marina is an excellent choice for hotel accommodations. Fishing, diving or island excursions can also be arranged by staff at the resort. Meanwhile, Bahama Beach Club is another of Treasure Cay’s luxury resorts, and

is ideal for families and small groups with its two to four bedroom condos. The condos are outfitted with kitchens, spacious living rooms, patios or balconies overlooking the famed Treasure Cay beach. Accommodations at Bahama Beach Club not only include easy access to the beach, but a beautifully landscaped property and a large pool area with a Jacuzzi. As a commercial hub, Treasure Cay also has its own post office, community library, restaurants, grocery stores, bakery, laundry facilities, car rental service, and BTC, which is The Bahamas’ local telephone company. Treasure Cay Primary School is located adjacent to the turn off into Treasure Cay. Treasure Cay is also home to the Treasure Cay Blue Hole, which is estimated to be about 200 feet deep. As a geological site, the blue hole is comprised of fresh water and is the center of attraction as it is surrounded by hundreds of pine trees. Among the featured businesses in the area is Abaco Ceramics where patrons can purchase signature ceramics that are welldesigned and available in a variety of designs. Another treat is Café La Florence located in the community’s main shopping area. On to Treasure Cay’s night life where there’s the Tipsy Seagull Poolside Bar and Grill, which is an outside bar and grill that features Pizza Night on Thursday night. Next, there’s Coco Beach Bar, which is not to be outdone. Patrons can sit at the bar or the open deck while dining. The Spinnaker Restaurant has made a name for itself, and is still a favourite spot for dining. Touch of Class is in a class of its own. Just a short distance from the turn off into Treasure Cay, Touch of Class is a restaurant that serves traditional Bahamian dishes complimented by a full bar and dance floor. The restaurant offers free shuttle service from the parking lot in front of the Treasure Cay Marina.

Treasure Cay

Abaco Estate Services........365-8752 Bahama Beach Club............365-8500 Four Winds Cottages..........365-8568 Pineapple Point.................. 800-545-0395 Treasure Hunt Villa............. 845-651-3298 Treasure Cay Hotel Resort & Marina ....... 365-8578/365-8801 55

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A Hub of Activity by Kristen Pearce

of Elbow Cay’s harbour and the neighboring cays. Located on the grounds are a gift shop, marina, and liquor store. Throughout the year there are many events that take place on Hope Town. The Patrick Davis Hope Town Song Writers Festival usually takes place in February. This is probably one of the most anticipated events of the year. It is a weeklong celebration that spans the entire cay. Each year, people come from far and wide to enjoy some of Nashville’s best musical talents. Not only is this event a great time, it is for a great cause. A portion of the proceeds is donated to the Hope Town Primary School and also to the Friends of the Environment. Regatta Time in Abaco is a well-known event that takes place in Abaco every July. Sailors and spectators come from all over the world to take place in this annual week of sailing. The races always begin in northern

ocated three and a half miles from Marsh Harbour, a twenty-minute ferry ride, lays the Settlement of Hope town on Elbow Cay. This community is definitely one that is rich in history, with Lucayan Indian, Spanish Slave Raider, pirate, British, and “Loyalist” roots. To know more about the history of the island, be sure to stop in at the new Wyannie Malone Historical Museum. Also be sure to stop at the Peggy Thompson Welcome Center to get all the information needed for a Trip to Hope Town. The main attraction in Hope Town is most likely the 120-foot candy-striped lighthouse. Located across the harbour, it is easily accessible by ferry when requested. The structure was built in 1862 to warn sailors of the nearby reef and it is still operating today by a kerosene lamp. With the 101 steps to the top, you can experience the breathtaking view

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Abaco and continue south. Each settlement takes part in at least one day of the event. The races take place in the day, and there is always a party to celebrate in the night. Hope Town is an anticipated location for this event because sailing is so important on this cay. Since sailing is so significant in Hope Town, the Hope Town Sailing Club (HTSC)

was established in 1964. The objectives of this club are: to promote the sport of sailing in Hope Town, to hold and arrange regattas, races, and other competitions, to encourage Bahamians to continue any interest in sailing and racing, to provide social amenities, to finance the Objects of the Company through membership fees, and to support community projects. Throughout the year, the HTSC arranges many events, stand ups, races, and more. For more information on the HTSC or the upcoming events, visit www.hopetownsailingclub.com. In 2005, the HTSC proposed a new program for children, The Junior Hope Town Sailing Club. The program helps to connect the Hope Town Sailing Club to the community, by offering every child the opportunity to learn to sail. There are classes for beginners, intermediate, and advanced sailors every Saturday between January and May. The HTJSC hosts two local junior regattas every year, and the team also travels to other islands for regattas. Last year, the HTJSC hosted the Opti National Regatta, which was a big success, and the winner was an Abaco local, Branden Sands. For anyone wishing to spend a night or more, there are many accommodations and rentals available from places such as

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Firefly Sunset Resort, Hope Town Inn and Marina, Harbour Lodge, Abaco Inn, Sea Spray, Hope Town Hideaways, Hope Town Villas, Elbow Cay Properties, Malone Estates, and Island Marine. There are restaurants, such as, Hope Town Inn and Marina, Firefly Sunset Resort, Harbour Lodge, Cap’n Jacks, Harbour’s Edge, Munchies, even a local coffee shop, Cracker P’s on Lubber’s Quarters, Sea Spray and Abaco Inn located in White Sound. Locals refer to Hope Town as “Hollywood” for it’s rich nightlife. If overnighting in Hope Town, be sure to check out the events happening around the town.

Hope Town

Sea Spray Resort ...............366-0065 Turtle Hill ...........................366-0557 Hope Town Villas.......................366-0266 Sea Glass..................................366-0290 Sea Gull Cottages .....................366-0266 Tanny Key........................ 366-0053/0140

Abaco Inn.................................366-0133 Crystal Waters & Villas ....... 321-452-0164 Elbow Cay Properties.........366-0035 FireFly Resort.....................366-0145 Hope Town Hideaways.......366-0224 Hope Town Inn & Marina...366-0003 Hope Town Lodge ..............366-0095

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Man-O-War Cay

Couple Build Tradition of Excellence

by Caniskha Alexander

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f you don’t know Glenn and Charmaine Albury by now, you ought to. This dynamic husband and wife duo are doing their part to keep their home of Man-O-War Cay in the public eye through their individual talents. Although the couple has not followed in the boatbuilding tradition that Man-O-War is famous for, they are creating their own tradition of excellence. Under Creative Designs by Glenn, Glenn focuses on conch shell carving and jewelry making along with custom furniture designs, while his wife Charmaine affectionately known as Char is drawn to photography through her business called Sees The Day Photography. Her photos feature wildlife, land and seascapes and outdoor events, and are available for purchase on cards, canvas, prints and more. “I have been doing more of family photos and Creative Kids shoots,” Charmaine explains. “I love the Creative Kids shoots, and I’m thinking of expanding with that. My Web site is under construction, so my photos can be seen on Facebook at ‘Sees the Day Photography’, or Charmaine Albury.” Glenn began doing shell art approximately 10 years ago. Charmaine’s career in photography launched in 2014, but she has been honing her photographic skills for years. Destination Abaco

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“I have always loved to carve and craft with my hands, [and] I suppose this skill was inherited from my grandfathers, Emerson and Maurice Albury, who both were expert craftsman in boatbuilding and construction,” Glenn shares. He favours wood and queen conch shells for his designs. Meanwhile, Charmaine reflects that she’s had a love for photography for as long as she can remember. More than anything, she loves seeing the photography she sells on canvas, which her customers seem to love as well. “In 2014, I was asked by Mr. Keith Salvesen if a photo of a bird that I shot could be published in the Delphi Club’s Guide to the Birds of Abaco book,” she recalls. “That is when I really started taking photography more seriously, and started studying it more. There’s still so much more I have to learn, but I have to say that I am having fun while I learn.” Glenn is also having fun while challenging himself in his craft. He added that now and then he sees something that he may want to try his hand at, or perhaps someone will ask if he has tried a particular thing. “If I haven’t, I give it a try,” he says. With her love for the outdoors, Charmaine’s inspiration is not surprisingly drawn from what she photographs. “I am humbly inspired by all the beau-


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ty around us that was divinely created. It’s just all incredible!” she exclaims. “I just want to capture it in memories that will last a lifetime.” Much of what they create is easily identifiable, but every now and then they pick quaint descriptions to distinguish their creations, and to add a bit more character to their finished products. In Glenn’s craft, the recurrent themes are sailboats, hog fish, sand dollars and the natural swirl designs found on his jewelry, pendants and bowls with utensils. Charmaine loves her “Myrtle the Turtle” and Sunsplash Beach scenes, which have made their way to the walls in Ohio, Maryland, New York, Florida and other locations. All in all, Glenn and Charmaine both recognize that their talents give them ample room for expansion, so they are constantly thinking of new design ideas for Glenn as well as creative ideas for Charmaine’s photography sales. With Glenn having a steady, full-time job, he only sells his wares locally and they are made to order. “I work full time, so that’s why I only carve by order,” he confirms. “I would love to have a shop for me and Char, but I am also so, so blessed to be working full time.” Charmaine has only sold her photography locally as well, but she is open to the idea of having her photography products sold in Abaco stores. Presently, her cards are sold in Sally’s Seaside Boutique in ManO-War Cay. The couple are not only into profit, however, and have been generous in their giving. Glenn has regularly donated his shell craft to quite a few school fundraisers, and Char her canvasses and prints to various school and

community events. “It’s also a unique souvenir,” Glenn says of his shell creations. “Folks take a piece of Abaco back home with them, so they never forget our beautiful islands.” Ninety nine percent of Charmaine’s photos are taken on Abaco, so she views them as advertisement for our gorgeous islands, and the interesting wildlife found here. If her plate wasn’t already full, Charmaine owns and has worked at Small World Learning Center for the past 16 years. “Some days I don’t accomplish anything, lol. I have learned that until school is dismissed in June, I have to set aside only certain days to work around the photography,” Char has observed. “It can get consuming very quickly, but our son has started to enjoy going on the bird watch walks with me, and he is doing great with bird identification.” Those competing in the Regatta Time in Abaco races this year will be delighted to see Glenn’s talent firsthand as he is chartered to create the regatta trophies. Contact Glenn and Charmaine Albury at 1 (242)365-6324.

Man-O-War

Island Home Rentals.................365-6048 Waterways Rentals....................365-6143

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Great Guana Cay Fishing, Diving, Partying by Kristen Pearce

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uana Cay is a must on your trip to Abaco. A spectacular beach can be found on the eastern side of the island, which is perfect for swimming, snorkeling, or taking peaceful walks. Some consider this beach to be one of the 10 greatest beaches. Guana Cay is known for its great diving. On the eastern side of the cay, the Great Abaco Barrier Reef can be found, with many near-shore reefs and dive spots. Diving trips can be arranged daily by the resorts or the dive shop. However, you don’t need a boat to experience the under water formations of Guana Cay. Many beautiful diving spots can be seen just off shore of the beach. Dive Guana is a full service dive center. With Dive Guana, you can dive or snorkel, rent gear, book a private charter, or even get dive certified. Enjoy some of the best diving and snorkeling that Abaco has to offer. On one of their trips, you are almost ensured to encounter wild dolphins, and even their “pets”: George the barracuda, Gilly the 70lb black grouper, Charlie the Caribbean reef shark, and Harold the queen triggerfish. Along with diving, Guana Cay has amazing fishing spots in the surrounding waters. If you enjoy to fish, you have come to the right place. This cay is a perfect location if you have come to Abaco on your own vessel. And if not, no need to worry. There are boat rentals and tours provided on the island. Back Breaker Charters is a premier charter fishing and boating service offered from Guana Cay. Back Breaker Charters provides full day or half-day custom deep Destination Abaco

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sea fishing trips, as well as sight seeing and island-hopping tours around the islands. Ricky Sands Charters also provides an ultimate fishing experience. Ricky has been fishing the surrounding seas for decades, and can offer you private fishing charters, island-hopping excursions and private-guided tours. One thing most tourists are sure not to miss is a visit to the famous Nipper’s Beach Bar and Grill. Nipper’s is considered to be the most colourful and best-located bar on Abaco. Located directly on the spectacular beach, and with “dune front” tables, the atmosphere at Nipper’s cannot be beat. On the weekends Nipper’s is the place to be in Abaco. Each Sunday, many locals and tourists alike travel to Nipper’s for their infamous Bahamian wild boar roast and bar-b-que. It’s the best Sunday party on Abaco. On special occasions the legendary Barefoot Man joins the party to share many of his famous songs. This is an event that cannot be missed on a trip to Abaco. There is a ferry service that travels several times daily to and from Guana Cay, making a day trip or long vacation extremely convenient for the entire family.

Guana Cay Abaco Sea Fan....................603-664-2608 Ocean Frontier Hideaway...................1-888-541-1616 Fish Tales ............................375-9383 Flip Flops.................................. 365-5215 Frangipani Cottage..............772-336-7023 Guana Grabbers........................ 365-5133


by Kristen Pearce

Adventures of Green Turtle Cay

Brendal’s Dive Center offers many tours and trips, including scuba and snorkeling trips, reef and wild dolphin encounters, island hopping, sunset and sailing cruises, wild turtle encounters, and kayaking tours. On the scuba and snorkeling trips you can delight in authentic Bahamian cuisine along with Brendal’s famous complimentary rum punch. Wade Cash with Sunset Marine and Boat Rentals offers kayaking tours throughout the island. Wade also provides a Sunday trip to Nipper’s in Guana Cay, which is the highlight for many visiting Abaco. You can also opt for a day of Island Hopping to Hope Town, Man-OWar, Green Turtle, Munjack Cay, or No-Name Cay. With Wade, you can experience a quiet beach picnic or spend the day fishing. The options are almost endless. On the island hopping tours you can snorkel, feed wild pigs, stingrays and turtles, which is a rare experience you may only get to enjoy here! As mentioned, on the cays surrounding Green Turtle Cay, you can find lots of wildlife. No-Name Cay, a small cay south of Green Turtle Cay, has become somewhat famous for the wild pigs. It has even been nicknamed “Piggyville.” While hogs are common on the mainland, they are very uncommon on the surrounding cays. No one knows how the pigs ended up there, which adds to its popularity. Animal lover Craig Russell, nicknamed the “Pig Whisperer,” along with his wife Jan, often visit to the cay to care for the pigs and make sure they have food and fresh water. With many of the tours mentioned previously, you can take a trip to “Piggyville,” where you can spend the day with the pigs. If you are planning a trip, please make sure to bring fresh water with you since the pigs have very little supply on the cay. How often can you feed, swim with, and spend the day with wild pigs? This is a trip that you will remember for a lifetime! Whether you plan to stay overnight or visit for a day trip, Green Turtle Cay has much history and beautiful sites to capture your attention for the duration of your stay.

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ust a short ferry ride from the mainland rests Green Turtle Cay, one of the earliest settlements in Abaco. With pirate, African, and Loyalist roots, and with ties to its sister city Key West, Green Turtle Cay was once considered the largest city in Abaco. The population has dwindled over the years, and there are currently around 500 residents. However, the locals are extremely active in keeping their heritage and history alive. You can’t help but notice the history all around the island. Along with the many original houses, there is still the original jail, cemetery, and library. You can also find the Loyalist Memorial Sculpture garden and the Albert Lowe Museum, which display some of the history of the settlement. Like every Bahamian Island, there are beautiful views of the crystal clear waters, scenic beaches, and natural wildlife all around the island. While it is possible to travel to the beaches or to rent boats and kayaks, Green Turtle Cay offers many tours, for those who want a guided trip through paradise. These tours are one of the main reasons to visit Green Turtle Cay: it is truly an unforgettable experience. The Lincoln “Linc” Jones Adventure takes you to Munjack Cay, where you can shallow-water dive, snorkel, fish, spear, relax, swim, or have a deserted beach picnic. An adventure with Linc is an adventure you do not want to miss! The Dive Center can take you on a snorkeling or scuba adventure to many of the offshore wrecks and caverns, and also offers diving certification, day trips, and dolphin encounters. Many charter day trips for fishing can be made through the Green Turtle Club.

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Bluff House.......................... 365-4200 Green Turtle Club & Marina.........365-4271 Other Shore Club Marina ............365-4226 Coco Bay Cottages.............. 561-202-8149 Island Property Mang.................365-4047 Roberts Cottages........................365-4105 63

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General Information

ATM & Banking Hours

Commonwealth Bank - Marsh Harbour Monday-Thursday 9:00am - 3:30pm, Fridays 9:30am - 4:30pm. Telephone - 367-2370 First Carib. Int’l Bank - Marsh Harbour, Green Turtle Cay and Man-O-War Cay. Hours of operation for Marsh Harbour are 9:30am-3:00pm Monday-Thursday’s and Friday 9:30am4:30pm. Green Turtle Office is operated two days a week - Mondays and Thursdays. Telephone MH - 367-2166 Royal Bank of Canada Monday - Thursday 9:30am-3:00pm and Fridays 9:30am-4:30pm. Marsh Harbour - 367-2420 ATM Treasure Cay - 365-8119 ATM Scotiabank (Bah) Ltd - Marsh Harbour Branch hours are from 9:30am-3:00pm Monday-Thursday and Friday’s 9:30am4:30pm. Telephone (MH) 367-2141 Fidelity/Western Union 367-3135 Open 9:00am-4:00pm - Mon-Friday

Customs - For visitors arriving by plane Bahamas Customs

Baggage declaration by temporary visitors is oral, but the baggage is subject to customs inspections. In the case there are dutiable articles, the visitor will be required to complete a baggage claim form. Each adult is allowed 50 cigars or 200 cigarettes or one pound of tobacco and one quart of spirits free of customs duty in addition to personal effects. In addition, purchases up to a value of one hundred dollars ($100) are permitted by all arriving passengers. Household effects such as china, furniture, linens and appliances with valid invoices and used household effects are subject to assessment by customs officers.

US Customs

Residents of the US may take home merchandise valued up to $600 retail duty free. This exemption applies to each family member, even infants. Family members living in the same household may pool exemptions to reduce the duty on an expensive item or carry in more items. All items must accompany the traveller to be eligible for exemption and must be for personal use or gifts and not for sale. The $600 exemption may only be claimed if you have been out of the US for 48 hours and may only be claimed every 30 days. PurDestination Abaco

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chases of up to $1,000 more than the $600 allowance will be taxed at a flat rate of 10 percent, based on the fair retail value in The Bahamas. Separate from the $600 exception, you may also mail gift packages of $100 value or less duty-free. They must be marked ‘Unsolicited Gift’ and you may send as many as you wish, but not more than one $100 gift package to the same person on the same day. Goods shipped for personal use may be mailed into the US duty and taxfree if the total value is not more than $200. This exemption does not apply to perfume, alcoholic beverages, or to cigars and cigarettes. If you do not meet the 48-hour and 30-day time requirements, you may take in $25 worth of items for your own personal or household use free of duty. This exemption may not be pooled. Exemption limit of 10 cigars (not Cuban), 50 cigarettes, 4 ounces of liquor or 4 oz of cologne, may be included. If you spend more than $25 you must pay duty on the entire amount. REMEMBER: If you are carrying more than $10,000 in US or foreign currency, coins, traveller’s checks, etc. into the US, it MUST be reported to Customs. Please contact US Customs at 242-377-8461 if you have questions on importing any items.

Canadian Customs

Canadian residents including minors may claim $50 (Can.) exemption after an absence of 24 hours or more. This exemption, which excludes tobacco and alcohol, may be claimed numerous times annually by verbal declaration. After 48 hours absence any number of times a year, $200 exemption may be claimed. This merchandise, which must accompany the traveller, can include 50 cigars, 200 cigarettes, 2 lbs of tobacco and 40 ounces of liquor. A $500 (Can.) exemption can be claimed after an absence of seven (7) days or more. This exemption may be claimed any number of times per year regardless of any $200 exemption claimed on a previous trip, but the two may not be combined at any time. The declaration for this exemption must be written. The allowance for liquor and tobacco is the same as for the $200 exemption. All duty-free items must be for personal or household use or as gifts. Children who are literate and can understand the declaration may claim exemption. Persons must be over 16 years of age to import tobacco and spirits. Amounts are in Canadian dollars. Illegal Items. Strict laws and penalties apply for possession of


Churches

Call to confirm services and times. Evening services may vary due to the time change.

ASSEMBLIES OF GOD

1st Assembly of God (MH)..........367-2130 Church of God (GTC)..................365-4505 Church of God (MOW)................365-6088 Church of God of Prop (DT)........367-4719 Church of God (MH)...................367-2740 Full Gospel Assembly (TC)..........365-8097

ANGLICAN

St. Simon by The Sea (TC)..........365-8466 St. John’s the Baptist (MH)..........367-2518

BAPTIST

Calvary Baptist Church (MH).......367-2105 Grace Baptist Church (DT)..........367-2926 Unity Baptist Church (TC)...........365-8371 Zion Baptist Church (MT)............367-3563

BRETHREN

Bethany Gospel (MH).................367-4472 International Creole (MH)...........367-3784 Island Outreach (MOW)..............365-6458 Gospel Chapel (MOW)................365-6038 New Life Chapel (MOW)............. 365-6458 Marsh Harbour Gospel (MH)........367-2204 New Plymouth Gospel (GTC).......365-4198

METHODIST

Aldersgate Methodist (MH)..........367-2009 St. Andrew’s Methodist (DT)........367-2007 St. James Methodist (HT)...........366-0400 Epworth Chapel (Cherokee)........366-2249

NON-DENOMINATIONAL

New Vision Ministries (MH).........367-3324 Church of Christ (MH).................367-3496 Church of Latter Rain (DT)..........367-3871 Friendship Tabernacle (DT).........475-1055 Purpose Ministry (MH)................367-4867

$100. There is also an extra Bahamian coin, the 15-cent, which is square with rounded corners and decorated with a hibiscus.

Department of Marine Resources

Personal Bag Limit The subsidiary laws of The Bahamas allows all persons travelling by commercial airlines to carry the following fisheries resources when leaving The Bahamas as personal baggage: No more than six fish in total - Kingfish, Wahoo & Dolphin, Ten (10) pounds - Crawfish or Conch OR Twenty (20) pounds of Demersal - Snappers, Grouper, Stone Crab claws, Jacks, Hog Fish, etc. For more information contact Department of Marine Resources at 242.699.0202.

Exchange Rates

The Bahamian dollar is on par with the U.S. dollar. A small exchange may be applicable when converting traveller’s cheques for local currency.

Immigration

Upon your arrival in The Bahamas you are given an immigration card to fill out. The officer at the Port of Entry will keep the top section and return the bottom section to you. You must return that portion to the ticket agent upon departure. Citizens of the U.S., Canada, United Kingdom or colonies do not need a passport for a visit that does not extend beyond 3 weeks, provided that you have proper identification, birth certificate, picture identification and a return ticket.

Postage

Seventh Day Adventist (MH).......367-4501

The post office in Marsh Harbour is situated in the Dove Plaza downtown on Don MacKay Blvd and provides air mailing service to anywhere in the world, also regular surface mail. Postcards are 50 cents to the US, UK and Canada. Airmail letters (one-half ounce) 65 cents for US and Canada, 70 cents for Europe. Other services available include FedEx, United Postal Service and DHL. Each town has its own post office.

Communications

Public Holidays

PRESBYTERIAN

Kirk of the Pines (MH)................367-3643

ROMAN CATHOLIC

St. Francis de Sales (MH)............367-2714

SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST

Radio Abaco, 93.5 FM and 98.5 FM are local broadcast with local and national programming and advertising 24 hour broadcasting. Cruisers Net is available on VHF 16 each morning at 8:15am for updates on weather and events in Abaco.

Currency

If you come across a $3 bill, it’s okay. Bahamian paper money comes in various bills such as $1, $3, $5, $10, $20, $50 and

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dangerous drugs and firearms. Any drugs considered dangerous, including marijuana, bring stiff fines and even jail terms if found in the possession of unauthorized persons.


If a holiday falls closer to the end of the week the holiday is celebrated on the Friday of that week or Monday if it falls near the beginning of the week.

Service Groups

Organized clubs of business and professional persons active in public services.

PILOT CLUB

Dedicated to helping prevent brain-related disorders - “Brain Minders”. Tel: 242.367.4571 Meets every 3rd Tuesday in the month at Central Abaco Primary School at 6:00p.m.

KIWANIS CLUB

Dedicated to serving the children of the world. ‘Young Children - Priority One’ meets every other Tuesday at Central Abaco Primary School at 6:30pm. Tel 242.367-3680

ROTARY CLUB

Committed to immunizing all the world’s children against polio. ‘Polio Plus’ meets at Great Abaco Beach Resort every Monday night at 5:30p.m. Tel: 425.7797

TOASTMASTERS

Toastmasters International is a nonprofit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of clubs. For information about local Toastmasters clubs, please visit www.toastmasters.org

FRIENDS OF THE ENVIRONMENT

Friends of the Environment is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to preserve and protect Abaco’s marine and terrestrial environments in order to achieve sustainable living for the people and wildlife of Abaco. www.friendsoftheenvironment.org or call 367-2721.

ABACO CANCER SOCIETY

The Abaco Branch of the Cancer Society exists to educate the public on matters relating to cancer and to support those undergoing treatment for the disease. It meets the first Tuesday of each month at Forest Heights Academy 242.367.3744 abacocancersociety@gmail.com

SCURVY FEW MOTORCYCLE CLUB

is the only charter motorcycle club in The Bahamas and is based in Marsh Harbour. Its big event of the year is its Toys-For-Tots drive which distributes over 1000 toys to all communities within the Abacos. The proceeds are used in many ways during the year including donations to a number of worthy causes along with the Toys-For-Tots. www. scuryfew.org

Royal Marsh Harbour Yacht Club Anyone interested in learning more

about the yacht club can check out its website: www.RMHYC.com.

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Taxes

There is no sales tax in The Bahamas. However, there are other forms of taxes that may occur on your trip there. There is a hotel room tax of 12% - 15% that will be added to your bill at the time of check out. There is a $5 - $25 agency charge for airline tickets booked through a travel agent. Rental cottages are 10% tax.

Taxi Fares

Taxis are available and are found mostly at the airports and the ferry docks in Marsh Harbour and Treasure Cay. Taxi drivers are willing to wait for individuals to shop and would love to take you sightseeing. Fares vary within the Marsh Harbour area and to the North and South of Abaco. Waiting time is $40.00 per hour additional 1/2 hr is $20.00. Children under the age of five are free. Fare from the Marsh Harbour airport to Albury’s Ferry Dock is $15 for 2 persons and each additional person is $3.

Telephones

Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) provides 100% digital switching system that allows communication with over 100 countires. Other services are fax, telex, cellular and satellite. Sim and Phone cards are available. Roaming features are available and will be billed through your home carrier. Batelnet and Cable Bahamas are the two major internet providers in Abaco. Wireless internet services are also available.

Temperatures

High Low January 77º 64º February 77º 65º March 79º 66º April 81º 69º May 84º 72º June 87º 76º July 89º 77º August 89º 77º September 88º 76º October 85º 74º November 82º 71º December 78º 66º We enjoy a tropical temperature year round. Water temperature ranges from the low 80s in the summer to the mid-70s in the winter. What to bring Beach towels, suntan lotion, hats, sunglasses, snorkeling gear, fishing equipment, any food, cooler, long sleeved shirts for sun protection, and flashlight. You will probably bring too many clothes. Days are in bathing suits and dining out is casual (no jackets for men). Bring a portable radio if you want one for the beach.


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